Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Linguine with Smoked Salmon in Sherry Cream Sauce

The Fish Market, a quite serviceable Arizona/California seafood restaurant/seafood retail store chain, makes a made-to-order creamy deliciousness of a dish called Pasta Con Nova I often find myself craving.

I really can't recall what they put in it, nor were my Googling attempts fruitful. I even resorted to calling my local Fish Market and talking to the girl who answered the phone about what is in the pasta. After 5 brain-damaging minutes of my life wasted talking to her, I decided to improvise.

I have no idea if this even vaguely resembles the Fish Market's Pasta Con Nova, but it's great and can be made in less than 20 minutes with ingredients from the fridge/pantry.

Pasta Con Nova (Linguine with Smoked Salmon in a Sherry Cream Sauce):
(serves 6-8)

1 lb dried linguine
8 oz high-quality smoked Alaskan salmon
2 c half and half (can use cream)
1/2 c sherry
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and white pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt the water (salty like the sea). Boil linguine 8-9 minutes or until almost al dente. It won't be quite done.

Meanwhile, saute shallots and garlic in olive oil in a saute pan. Add sherry and simmer until reduced by at least half and liquid has turned golden brown and thickened slightly. Add half/half and bring back to a simmer.

Drain pasta, reserving at least 1/4 c of the cooking water. Add the pasta and cooking water to saute pan, toss and continue to simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Add parsley and salmon, salt and pepper to taste and toss, heating salmon and absorbing liquid into pasta. Serve immediately once pasta has absorbed enough liquid.


Lis said...

Is it normal to crave this dish at 5:20 in the morning? I thought so.


Peabody said...

Oh I love the Fish Market(you mean the one on Camelback, right?). It seems soooo long since I have been there(sigh). Your pasta looks wonderful.

Patricia Scarpin said...

This pasta dish is superb - I love anything creamy. ;)

Laurie said...

I was flipping through some foodie magazines at Barnes & Noble recently and was intrigued by a recipe somewhat similar to this, I am happy to come across yours, I will definitely be trying it soon!

Kristen said...

I want a fish market close by! Probably not to many of those in Kansas.

Freya and Paul said...

Simple and delicious! The best kind of meal! Looks beautiful!

Kirsten said...

Hi Lis! Yes, I actually would rather eat food like this for breakfast than eggs. :)

Peabody - yes, that's the one! If you ever head back to Phx, we can go.

Thanks Patricia, Kristen and Freya & Paul. :)

Hope you try it Laurie - and hope it's good.

Thanks all for the comments - I had good leftovers at work for a few days after this, so I can say it re-heats well. It does smell up the break room a bit, however, with the smoked salmon and all.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what I was looking for - glad you saved me time Kirsten. I love this at lunch time @ Fish Market Santa Clara.

The picture looks just like it and I will try today.

Jay in Cali