In “The World According to Don” (my husband), Monday is pasta night at our house. If he’s cooking, we eat pasta on Mondays. If I’m cooking, that’s not necessarily the menu, but yesterday I did make pasta for dinner. Pasta is a simple meal and we were going to a 7 pm presentation about landmines by my boss, Ken Rutherford. I made this recipe up as I went, and it was delicious.
Smoked Salmon in Cream Sauce with Pasta
Serves 3 (I like to have leftovers for lunch)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 red pepper, cut in bite-sized pieces
1 cup broccoli florets
1 small yellow summer squash, sliced and quartered
4 large mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup artichoke hearts, quartered (optional)
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons ground arrowroot
4-6 ounces smoked salmon
Salt & pepper to taste
Cooked pasta (1/2 cup per person)
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, red pepper, squash, mushrooms and broccoli. Cook until the vegetables are tender crisp. Mix the arrowroot (thickener) in the sherry and add it to the vegetables. Slowly add the cream and stir to blend. Add the smoked salmon and dump in the tomatoes. Continue to cook for a minute or so, until everything is heated through. Add salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve atop cooked pasta. Add a little grated parmesan cheese before serving.