Some people like Pancakes and French Toast powdered with sugar and drenched in maple syrup for breakfast. Me? I can’t handle that much sugar in the morning. Honestly, I can’t ever handle that much sugar. I’m more of an omelet, home fries and hot sauce kind of girl. So, you’d think I’d also be all about bagels with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. And I am…just not for breakfast. (Most days, anyway.)
So, here’s my take on a deli breakfast for dinner. Swap the bagel with some linguine and the cream cheese for goat cheese and you’ve got all that smoked salmon goodness at a more appropriate hour. This dish only has 5 ingredients, but tastes just right. If you want to lighten up the carbs, add a few handfuls of baby spinach.
Either way, it’s another tasty, easy weeknight meal.
Smoked Salmon, Caper & Goat Cheese Pasta
1 lb. whole wheat linguine
8 oz. smoked wild salmon, cut into bite-sized pieces
6 oz. goat cheese
3 tbsp. capers, rinsed
1 1/2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 – 4 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Salt it well, then add the pasta and cook until almost al dente, about 7 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups pasta water, then drain.
Resuce the heat to low and put the pasta back in the pot. Add the salmon, capers, black pepper, goat cheese, spinach and pasta water. Using 2 spoons or kitchen tongs, toss until the goat cheese turns saucy and coats the pasta evenly. Serve immediately and top with more capers and black pepper (if you’d like).
Makes 4 – 6 servings.