Wednesday, 17 April 2013

salmon, bacon and fennel lumaconi

... there are some food products that, whilst perfectly tasty, are really happy to sit at the back of a dark cupboard only to be seen when being used... these everyday items that sit in boxes, packets or tins show no promise in the design stakes... let's face it, if there was an America's Next Top Model for food items, a tin of chopped tomatoes would never have made it through to the model's house and at the very most would have been eliminated in the first rounds... but then there are of course some exceptions, products that by design or cultural heritage have become pleasing to the eye and worthy of display on an open shelf... the humble Cambell's Soup can, popularised by Warhol... or the classic Oxo Cube with it's vintage styling... and of course food brands are more than aware of this.  As consumers we will pick food items not only based on cost and taste but desirability through design plays a key factor in our choices... this vintage styling of so many products recently has simply been the food companies jumping on to a national zeitgeist and we all seem to love it even though sometimes it can be style over substance...

... garofalo pasta is one of those beautiful products that i'd happily display on my shelf and it's funny because with it's almost totally clear packaging it's the pasta itself that's doing most of the showing off... in fact most pastas are a work of art, designed to hold the maximum amount of sauce, for the shape they form in the mouth or created specifically to be stuffed with some incredible morsel... the Italian's of course have a natural efinity for design, even Giorgetto Giugiaro of Lamborghini designed his own pasta shape, the marille and these wonderful packets, stuffed with some unusual shapes, show some classic hallmarks of Italian design...

salmon, bacon and fennel lumaconi
the lumaconi are a large snail-shell shaped pasta that are designed to be stuffed and they hold a sauce with large pieces in it very well... this is a bit of a left-over dish and it's by far the easiest pasta sauce i've ever made and it's just what I had in the fridge which sometimes I think makes for the best meals... it was sort-of planned as I'd pan-fried 2 salmon fillets the night before knowing i'd eat one the following day but it's always the accidental pairings of 'stuff in the fridge' that is so pleasing....

1 salmon fillet - pan fried in butter
2 slices of smoky bacon - finely chopped
half a medium fennel - finely chopped
1 garlic glove - crushed
a large teaspoon full of fresh thyme
a glug or two of white wine
2 or 3 tablespoons of greek yoghurt
a generous portion of lumaconi pasta

in a large pan heat gently the bacon until it begins to melt then throw in a little olive oil and the fennel and garlic and saute until it begins to soften, add the thyme and a little seasoning and place the lid on the pan for 5 mins to let them sweat

remove the lid, turn up the heat and throw in as much wine as you fancy and let it bubble away until almost gone then turn the heat back down and add the yoghurt and stir in.  Flake the fish into the sauce, place the lid back on, remove from the heat and leave whilst you boil the pasta

the lumaconi takes 14 mins in boiling water after which you need scoop out half a cup of pasta water and then drain thoroughly

throw the pasta water into the sauce and stir and then throw the pasta into the sauce and stir again

serve with a little fresh thyme sprinkled on top and maybe a little grated cheese

eat and of course, enjoy!


  1. STUNNING photos Dom, such great light AND that is a dish that would put a smile on my face ANY day of the week, it has ALL of my favourite ingredients in it! Fabulous recipe and post.....PS: As it has thyme in it, it would also be a GREAT entry for Herbs on Saturday! :-) Karen

  2. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first
    comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.
    I will keep visiting this blog very often.
    umrah flights from London

  3. Love the idea of this pasta, such a great combination of flavours and your pictures really to justice to such a great dish!

  4. Have you got a new camera or something? Your (usually lovely anyway) photos have been very beautiful lately.
    Bang on with the packaging thing; I always buy golden syrup in a tin (despite the squeezy bottle being much more practical), Butterfly corn flour, Royal baking powder... I'm all about a classic tin.

    1. Oh thank you. I've had a few comments recently but it's just been the lovely light weather and an old white door I photograph on reflecting the light. Xxx

  5. I really think those are one of my favourite kind of dinners, the stuff in fridge + pasta kind. These flavours sound delicious, and I agree with the comments about your photos. Beautiful!

  6. Ooooooh I could eat this right off the page.

  7. Blimey all these Italian recipes, I will have to visit more often. + Now I am hungry. :)

  8. Dom ... well written post! And this pasta dish is so interesting! Great combination of ingredients ... the salmon and fennel together is just sublime salty bacon, tangy yogurt? So interesting a complement!

  9. There is SO much i love about this dish! The colours are simply stunning , love that peachy pink against the pale yellow creamy pasta. Flavour combination sounds wonderful! Good one. And yes, I believe daylight is really just the best way to get good photos:) And hurrah, we are having more light these days!

  10. I love everything about this dish Dom. Pasta, salmon, bacon, fennel, garlic, wine.... what is not to like?! Beautiful photos too. I am so hungry right now...

  11. This looks delightful. My pantry is stuffed with tin cans, glass jars, small boxes.....Surely, there would be a diamond in the rough.

    Thanks for sharing.


  12. Oooohhh YUM!! This looks amazing! I could eat pasta all day every day. Add some bacon to it and I could die a happy woman!!


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