Smoked salmon and vodka pasta sauce

Smoked salmon and vodka pasta sauce


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About this recipe: Create a special dinner for two with this deceptively simple pasta sauce.


Serves: 2 

  • knob butter
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 50g (2 oz) diced smoked salmon
  • 4 tablespoons vodka
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons passata
  • 4 tablespoons double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tablespoon dried crushed chillies

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. In a large saucepan sauté butter and onion with smoked salmon. Once the pan begins to lightly smoke, pull away from heat and add the vodka.
  2. When the vodka has burned off, return the sauce to heat and mix in the tomato, passata and double cream.
  3. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg and chilli. Reduce sauce to desired consistency; serve tossed with penne.

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Reviews (5)


Used different ingredients. I found this recipe to be wonderful with my home-made smoked salmon but, very, very rich. I subsituted single cream for the double cream. The cayene pepper gave it just the right bite and the more you simmer, the thicker the sauce. No need to simmer the vodka down off of the hob however....just turn the burner down low, it still works! - 21 Jul 2008


My dinner guests really enjoyed this one. Make sure you do burn off the vodka though, because I didn't at first and it was WAY too strong, like taking a bite out of a shot of vodka or something. YUCK. I had to boil the sauce for a little while to burn all the alcohol off of it. Over all, great taste made it with farafalle pasta and served it with asparagus. - 21 Jul 2008


This is tasty. Be careful not to over salt, as the smoked salmon will add a lot of saltieness to the sauce. This recipe makes a pretty small amount of sauce, so if you're serving more than 2 or 3 people, I suggest doubling it. - 21 Jul 2008

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