Vegetable & Salmon Cheesy Pasta

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This recipe was inspired by a meal out with friends, but I jazzed it up a little and made it my own, as I do. 

Ingredients:

  1. 550ml double cream
  2. A bag of kale 
  3. 1 broccoli stalk 
  4. 1 cauliflower stalk 
  5. 1/3 cup of butter 
  6. 1/4 cup of flour 
  7. Seasoning if your choice (I used 1/2 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning for this)
  8. Half of a whole salmon fillet 
  9. Grated cheese (I used three handfuls, but add as much as you like)
  10. A bag of pasta (follow the packet advice for portion sizes) 

To make this recipe easier, prep the salmon first and put it in the oven. Next put the pasta on the stove cooking, start to cook the vegetables, and then start on the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce is the hardest part, and it requires your attention the entire time. 

For the cheese sauce:

  • In a medium pot, melt two tablespoons of butter and keep the fire on low heat 
  • Stir in the flour gently while whisking it to make sure it’s not lumpy. The mixture should be like a paste, and not dry and stir in the seasoning 
  • Pour in the double cream, and stir, still on low heat, until the sauce thickens. I find its best to pour a little bit, then stir until it starts to thicken, then pour more to make sure the sauce isn’t lumpy. 
  • Remove the pot from the stove, and add as much cheese as you like, stirring all the while, until it dissolves and keep to one side 

For the vegetables:

  • Chop the broccoli and cauliflower stalks into florets and place in a pot 
  • Add kale to the pot (enough to your taste, I used half a bag) 
  • Add water to the pot enough to cover the vegetables and boil for 10-15 minutes until soft 
  • Drain the water from the pot and keep to one side 

For the pasta:

  • Boil enough pasta in a pot according to your serving requirements, strain and keep to one side 

For the salmon:

  • Place half of the whole salmon fillet in foil, lightly glaze it with 1/2 teaspoon of extra virgin organic olive oil and season with salt and white pepper
  • Wrap the salmon in foil and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes, on gas mark 6, or until cooked through 

  

Final steps: 

  • You should now have the four separate elements of the dish laid on your counter 
  • Use a fork to break up the salmon fillet. If it is still pink in the middle, wrap it back in foil and place it back in the warm oven; the heat of the oven will cook it 
  • Combine all the ingredients in the largest pot (probably the one used to make the pasta) 
  • Voilà. Enjoy 

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