Annabel Karmel’s pasta shells with salmon and broccoli recipe

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serves: 4
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 8 min
Cooking: 15 min
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    • 50g (2oz) salmon fillet
    • 150ml (¼ pint) unsalted vegetable or chicken stock
    • 40g (1½oz) baby pasta shells
    • a knob of butter
    • ½ small onion, finely chopped
    • 2tsp plain flour
    • 100ml (3½oz) milk
    • 50g (2oz) broccoli, roughly chopped
    • 3tbsp crème fraiche
    • 3tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 1tsp lemon juice
    • ½tsp fresh dill, chopped
    • ½tsp fresh chives, chopped


    • To cook the salmon, either poach the fish in a little of the stock over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork, or cook in a microwave with a couple of tablespoons of stock for about 2 minutes

    • Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain.

    • To make the sauce, melt the butter in the saucepan. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes until just soft. Add the flour and mix together, then blend in the remaining stock and milk. Bring to the boil. Add the broccoli and simmer, covered, for 5-6y minutes until soft.

    • Whiz in a food processor until smooth. Stir in the crème fraiche, Parmesan, lemon juice, herbs and cooked salmon. Simmer for 2 minutes. Serve the drained pasta with the sauce.

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    Fish is good for the brain; omega-3 essential fatty acids are found in oily fish and make up 40 per cent of the brain.

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