Salmon and broccoli pasta

Salmon and broccoli pasta

This recipe serves 2, but is easy to double for four. It takes less than 30 minutes to prep, and 10-30 minutes to cook.


150g/5½oz dried pasta, any kind
150g/5½oz broccoli, cut into small florets
1 tbsp olive oil
4 spring onion, trimmed and sliced or ½ small onion, very finely sliced
2 skinless salmon fillets (around 120g/4½oz each), cut into roughly 3cm/1¼in chunks
good pinch dried chilli flakes (optional)
100ml/3½fl oz double cream
½ small lemon, finely grated zest only
salt and freshly ground black pepper



    1. Half fill a large pan with salted water and bring to the boil. Add the pasta and cook for 7–12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions until just tender, stirring occasionally. Three minutes before the end of the pasta cooking time, add the broccoli to the water and cook with the pasta for 3 minutes.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium non-stick frying pan and cook the spring onions, or sliced onion, for 1–3 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.

    3. Add the salmon pieces and chilli, if using, and cook for about a minute, turning the salmon 3–4 times. Add the cream and a ladleful of the pasta cooking water (around 100ml/3½fl oz). Season generously with salt and pepper.

    4. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook the salmon for 3–4 minutes, turning occasionally (add an extra splash of water if the sauce thickens too much.) Drain the pasta and broccoli and return to the pan. Add the creamy salmon sauce and lemon zest and toss together lightly.

    Recipe credits: BBC Food

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