vodka and tomato pasta with smoked salmon

tagliatelle with tomato, vodka and smoked salmon

The inspiration behind this recipe goes back a very long way.  I was at school with an Italian girl and her mother used to make a vodka pasta sauce, which was essentially fresh tomatoes (skinned) cooked very slowly with vodka.  It was delicious.

Over the years I have made this many times using both fresh and tinned tomatoes and sometimes adding either bacon or salmon (fresh or smoked).  I have sometimes added chives, chopped parsley or garlic, but the flavours are quite clean and I think too much seasoning detracts from the essence of this dish.

So we keep it simple with the addition of smoked salmon from The Smoking Shed.

What you need to make about 4 portions

  • 250gms tagliatella pasta
  • 2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • approx 200ml of vodka
  • 100-200gms smoked salmon cut into small strips
  • 125ml cream
  • smoked salt
  • black pepper

How make

  • empty the tins of tomato into a small saucepan and add 125ml vodka and cook over a low heat for about an hour with the lid on
  • mash the tomatoes with a potato masher and add the remaining vodka, set aside
  • cook the pasta until al dente and drain
  • heat the smoked salmon strips through the sauce, add the cream and adjust seasoning to taste
  • stir the sauce through the cooked pasta and serve
  • sprinkle over parmesan and fresh rocket

Born up a tree!

the vodka adds a bit of X factor

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6 Responses to vodka and tomato pasta with smoked salmon

  1. Anel September 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Wow! This looks absolutely delicious. Definitely on my cooking list for this week. This will go down so well with a Viognier!

  2. Koek! September 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh wow – I am going to have to try this… Keep hearing about vodka in sauces but never get round to trying it. I’ve also posted a fettuccine recipe, but yours looks much better!
    Robyn x

  3. enzo September 7, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    this is a classic with an interesting twist. not sure if i agree with the salmon part, since it detracts from the subtlety of the vodka flavour. rocket is also very peppery on its own. i wouldn’t add more pepper on top of it. also, italians never mix fish and cheese, so the parmesan should not be on there.

  4. drizzleanddip September 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    You are so right on the paremesan and fish and it certainly doesnt need it. I love this dish with just vodka and tomato, but the salmon does work quite well. As per usual I loooove your feedback. S x

  5. Marisa September 8, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Geeeeeez that looks fantastic! Have heard about this dish, but never tried it.

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