Smoked salmon fettucine with fresh dill cream sauce is an elegant but easy dinner to make. Tender smoked salmon, cradled on top of fettucine, covered with creamy fresh dill sauce.
Living in London, I knew it would not be my forever life. So I tried to be “present” in every moment.
I was imprinting memories. Most of the time, even if I had been out very late, I would walk home from Leicester Square. And, if the moon was full enough for me to feel safe, I would follow the twisting Thames all the way back to my flat, just a short walk from Sloane Square. The city held me in its grip, the history, the architecture, the neat rows of houses with lacquer-black doors and window boxes full of red geraniums, and I didn’t want to miss a moment, not a breath of it.
That walk would take me from Charing Cross, through Westminster and the Houses of Parliament and end up just past the Tate Gallery and Vauxhall Bridge, where Millbank turned into Grosvenor Road in Pimlico. On the South side of the river, I could see Lambeth Palace. I don’t remember ever being afraid, no matter how late in the evening it was. Maybe it was the hubris of youth? I would follow the teasing moon, as he flickered his fingers on the rippling waters of the river. It was impossible to get lost, for the flat was only one block from the Thames.
Many of those nights, my friends and I would end up eating a very late supper. For some reason, smoked salmon fettucine always seemed to fit the bill. And so, every time I make it, I am transported back to a carefree time, long gone, a distant memory of reckless youth and chasing the moon along the Thames.
It’s such an easy and elegant dish to make, I’m not sure why it doesn’t show up on menus more often. Why not serve it for Valentine’s Day instead of going out for a pricey meal? It’s super fast and very easy! He’ll (she’ll) be eating out of your hands after just one taste! Looking for more ideas to round out your meal for two? How about Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Candied Pecans to start? If you like “Surf and Turf”, how about easy Broiled Lobster Tail with Steak? The end the meal, there is Bananas Caribbean or Strawberry Fool, both take just under 15 minutes to prepare!
Enjoy this smoked salmon fettucine recipe!
- 12 oz fresh fettuccine of course, you can use dried, but fresh isn't really that much more expensive
- 4 oz of smoked salmon diced
- 2 shallots minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons dry white wine I always keep a bottle of good quality Vermouth on hand to use in a pinch
- 2 cups heavy cream
- Fresh dill chopped
- Salt to taste
While the pasta is cooking, saute the shallots in butter over a medium heat, until soft and translucent.
Add the Vermouth to the pan and cook a minute or two.
Stir in the cream and cook for a few minutes, until it's reduced a bit and a little thicker. Add the smoked salmon.
Toss over hot pasta. Add dill and season to taste with salt.
Serves 4 as a main dish or 6-8 as an appetizer. It's very rich!