Annabel Karmel’s pasta shells with salmon and broccoli recipe

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Fish is good for a baby's brain development, so it’s important to introduce fish such as salmon early on. Fish is quick and easy to prepare and delicious combined with root vegetables

Serves4
SkillEasy
Preparation Time8 mins
Cooking Time15 mins
Total Time23 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Fish is good for a baby's brain development, so it’s important to introduce fish such as salmon early on. Fish is quick and easy to prepare and delicious combined with root vegetables

Ingredients

  • 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

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Method

  1. 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
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Annabel Karmel MBE is a chef and author of over 40 cookbooks based on nutrition, and cooking for babies, children and families. With her career spanning over 25 years she has pioneered the way families feed their babies and children all the world over.