Recipe: Lemony Pasta with Smoked Salmon and Dill
Summary: Pasta with a creamy, lemony sauce is sparked by fresh dill and smoked salmon. It makes a lovely, relatively fast dinner or lunch. You simply make the sauce while the pasta is cooking.
- 3/4 pound pasta (use your favorite shape)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 (7.5-ounce) container Bellwether Farms crème fraiche
- 1 Meyer lemon, zested and juiced
- 1 bunch fresh dill, stems removed and chopped ( a few sprigs saved for garnish)
- 1/2 pound smoked salmon, chopped (I used hot smoked salmon but you can easily use lox trimmings)
- Brined capers, drained
- Freshly ground pepper
- Cook the pasta in boiling salted water. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet. Sauté onion on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes until softened and just slightly browned. Remove pan from heat and add crème fraiche, lemon zest and juice and half of the dill. Stir to blend well. Taste and add a pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.
- When pasta is done, drain it well and stir it into the crème fraiche mixture, making sure the pasta is well coated. Add salmon and stir to combine. (Alternatively, you may wish to sprinkle the salmon on top after you plate the pasta.)
- Serve, garnishing with the rest of the dill and a sprinkling of capers.
- Serves 4-6.
I like to use a curlicue-shaped pasta for a dish like this because the shape holds the creamy, lemony sauce. I also think the smaller size of the pasta balances better with the chopped salmon and onion pieces. Suite yourself, though, as to pasta shape used. The “Double the Sugar” ladies call for spaghetti; use what you like or what you have!
Adapted from Smoked Salmon Spaghetti  at Double the Sugar.
Preparation time: 8 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 4-6
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)