Smoked salmon and crème fraîche pasta with rocket and chives

So simple, classy and utterly delicious. This restaurant quality dinner will impress your tastebuds and your dining companions alike. No one needs to know you only spent twenty minutes in the kitchen throwing a few chives and lemons about.
Serves: 2 • Prep time: 10 mins • Cook time: 15 mins • Easy
  • 120-200g pasta depending on size and hunger. Tagliatelle works well; I used marfane.
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • 300g full fat creme fraiche
  • 4 tablespoons of fresh grated Parmesan plus some to sprinkle
  • sea salt
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 4-6 slices of smoked salmon (about 150g)
  • 2 handfuls of rocket
  • a few snips of fresh chives
  • course-ground black pepper
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta til it's al-dente, it'll take about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, gently heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 2-3 mins until softened but not coloured. Stir in the crème fraîche, juice of half the lemon, 4 tablespoons of Parmesan and a ladle of pasta cooking water.

Simmer for a minute or two, then drain the pasta and add to the sauce in the frying pan. Cook for another couple of mins or until reduced to a creamy sauce that coats the pasta.

Tear the smoked salmon into bite-sized pieces and stir it through. Sprinkle over the chives and rocket, season with black pepper season with black pepper, and serve with more grated Parmesan and a piece of fresh lemon for squeezing.

Read about why it's good to love pasta!
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Nutrition info
Salmon (and its peer, sea trout) is very high in Vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell production. A deficiency in B12 can result in a form of anaemia. B12 also helps to regulate production of a hormone called Homocysteine, an excess of which can lead to heart and blood vessel disease and stroke. Salmon is also a good source of Vitamin D, whose functions include bone health, blood sugar control and immunity. Many people are Vitamin D deficient – our bodies largely get it from sunlight with food being a secondary source.

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“Garlic is divine. Few food items can taste so many distinct ways, handled correctly. Misuse of garlic is a crime. Old garlic, burnt garlic, garlic cut too long ago, garlic that has been tragically smashed through one of those abominations, the garlic press, are all disgusting. Please, treat your garlic with respect.”
Anthony Bourdain
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