Budget friendly salmon pasta sound like a little bit of a contradiction, right.
My budget friendly salmon pasta is an attempt to prove to you that it is not only “rich people” who eat salmon. With a little smart thinking you can present a dish packed with flavor, show some style and not kill your budget.
So for my recipe, I used about 150 g of salmon and we got 5 substantial portions from it. You can of course replace it with trout or any other fish of your choice.
The other benefit of this dish is the time it takes to make it. Wow, guys, literally 15-20 minutes. Best is everyone can be involved. Dad making the salmon balls in the blender, ‘cause they like gadgets. Mom making the sauce and kids cook the pasta. “A family that cooks together, stays together!”
150 g salmon – skin removed
125 ml dry oats
zest and juice of 1 lemon
a small handful of fresh herbs – I used basil and fennel
salt and black pepper to taste
3 T flour
250 ml cream
500 g Egg Tagliatelli Pasta
First make the salmon balls. Place the following ingredients in your food processor. The salmon, oats, herbs, egg, salt, pepper and the zest and juice of half the lemon. Process until mixed. Shape the salmon balls with a teaspoon ( quite a sloppy consistence) and roll into the flour.
In the meantime get a pot of water boiling, add some salt and cook the pasta. Heat a pan, add the olive oil and fry the salmon balls until light golden brown. Now add the cream, more chopped herbs and the zest of the other half of lemon to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the cream a little and then add lemon juice. Drain the pasta and add to the pan with salmon and cream. Toss through and serve immediately.