Penne with Cream and Smoked Salmon – a modern way of serving pasta with only three essential ingredients.
Today I was in the mood to watch TV, haven’t watched TV in a while, I’ve been so busy. So while surfing through the channels I came across the new Dallas show. Now I don’t know if you’re like me and used to watch this show, but I’ve been waiting for this show to start and have not had a chance to watch it at all. Lucky me, on Bravo they had reruns of all 4 or 5 episodes they have so far. All I remember is that my mom was crazy about this show, Dallas and Dynasty, she had to watch it. Even now she’s watching the new one. Now I can’t remember much because I was young when the original series was on, but all I remember is the cliffhanger who shot J.R.?
Just now we just finished watching the movie Signs and every time I see it, it scares the crap out of me. Excuse my French, but it’s so true. It’s not like I don’t know what happens, I have the movie basically memorized, I’ve seen it a dozen times or so. Same thing happens when I watch Sixth Sense. Great movies. They’re right up there with my favorites of all time.
Since I don’t want to have bad dreams and dream about aliens tonight, I thought I’d stay a bit late tonight and post this recipe. These movies don’t bother my husband at all, he dreams about Armageddons all the time and how he’s the hero and saves the world. It must be good to be a man. 🙂
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Salmon Alfredo Pasta
- 12 oz dried penne
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounces smoked salmon cut into thin strips
- Cook the pasta in a saucepan with salted boiling water according to the instructions on the package. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.
- Meanwhile, slice the smoked salmon or chop it up into thin strips. Strip the leaves from the thyme sprigs.
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic. Stir in the cream and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, fresh thyme leaves, salt and pepper, until the sauce is smooth.
- Add the pasta and salmon to the saucepan and toss it in the cream. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
- Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese and fresh thyme.