cheap family recipes
feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a month
- 400 g spaghetti
- 2 cloves garlic crushed or finely chopped
- 120 g smoked salmon trimmings, snipped into tiny pieces with your kitchen scissors
- 40 g flour self-raising
- 70 ml single cream
- 50 ml oil
- 250 ml water
- 160 g onion very finely chopped
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Cook spaghetti as per packet instructions, drain and cover.
- In a large frying pan or wok (which will take all your cooked pasta plus a sauce) warm the oil and saute the onion, until it is just softened, not browned.
- Add the flour, stirring to make a thick paste.
- Whilst constantly stirring, gradually add cream, and water until you have a thick creamy sauce.
- Add garlic and seasoning and finally the salmon.
- Cook gently for one minute, to flavour the sauce but not overcook the fish.
- Tip all of the cooked pasta into your frying pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to coat each piece of spaghetti with sauce.
- Finally tip the dressed pasta into a large serving bowl and garnish with salt (not too much is needed as the salmon is salted) and ground black pepper.
- Serve with homemade bread to mop up the sauce.
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