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Conchiglie with creamy salmon and dill

Posted on May 15, 2008 by in pasta

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My family loves pasta so I always keeps some for emergencies and tonight was one of those nights…..
I know that some of you will be horrified by the idea that I use tinned salmon instead of fresh, but there is a time and a place for everything and as I’ve said, tonight was on of those nights…..
Fresh or even smoked salmon would be fantastic in this recipe, so if you have any, please use it. I also did not follow an exact recipe, so just follow me….

Conchiglie with creamy salmon and dill

1. Cook pasta shells according to instructions on packet.
2. In the meantime, make a thin bechamel sauce, using milk and the water from the can of salmon.
3. When sauce is finished, add a dash of cream, chopped dill, a teaspoon of good Dijon mustard lemon zest, juice of 1/2 a lemon and Parmesan if you choose. Season well.
4. Drain the pasta and mix in the bechamel sauce.
5. Serve with chunks of the salmon on top. ( you can mix the salmon into the sauce, but I like to see the salmon, not look for it…..)

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10 Responses to “Conchiglie with creamy salmon and dill”

  1. Kevin 16 May 2008 at 3:08 am #

    That pasta looks tasty. I like to keep things like tinned tuna around for quick dishes like this.

  2. Mochachocolata Rita 16 May 2008 at 10:32 am #

    gorgeous pasta and yep there are so many things we can do with tinned food ^_*

  3. Steffi 16 May 2008 at 12:02 pm #

    Delicious!Your pasta looks good!I love pasta too!

  4. Bellini Valli 16 May 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    This wouild be a great dish to make for your family when time is needed for other things besides cooking. Salmon is canned almost immediately so it is often much fresher than what you can purchase so there is no shame in using a quicker route:D Thanks for the great idea Nina!!

  5. taste memory 16 May 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    that looks so comforting ~ I totally understand when you must get dinner on the table!

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  6. Kate / Kajal 16 May 2008 at 6:48 pm #

    this pasta does indeed look good. i’m a raw salmon kinda girl, but this just make me want to try it cooked.

  7. cook eat FRET 16 May 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    there’s nothing wrong with tinned salmon. not even a little…

    the photo is beautiful. i am embarrassed to say that i have never made a bechamel sauce…

  8. katiez 17 May 2008 at 11:47 am #

    Excuse me whilst I get on my soapbaox…
    Okay: Canned salmon is very healthy, all that lovely calcium…
    Plus it’s convenient… And I can’t get it so I’m really jealous and not at all critical…
    To me, it’s a perfect dish!

  9. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) 19 May 2008 at 5:13 am #

    kevin – always first to visit, thx Kevin

    rita – you are right, I like to keep tins around.

    steffi – everyone in my family loves pasta, that’s for sure.

    belinni valli – my pleasure..

    taste memory – thanks so much for
    the award, I do appreciate it coming from you.

    kate/kajal – I love raw salmon too, but for this dish, the tinned version works well.

    cook eat fret – sometimes when I am pushed for time, I make bechamel sauce in he microwave, it is even easier. Put cold milk, flour and a knob of butter in a glass bowl in the micro and cook on HIGH, stirring every minute. You’ll be amazed.

    katiez – ok, the soapbox is yours!

  10. myfrenchkitchen 19 May 2008 at 8:48 am #

    A great pasta dish and popluar with everybody. Looks beautiful with the salmon pieces on top, gives it nice colour.

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