Spring cleaning noodles.

The calendar is saying it’s spring, but other than the rare gorgeous day it’s still pretty rainy and cool here in Vancouver.  It’s the time of year when I’m itching to get outside but from experience I know it’s still a bit early to start planting much in the garden.  So instead I’ve resorted to that other ubiquitous spring activity.  Cleaning.

Spring really is on it's way!

It has been said that spring is a cruel time for housecleaning.  When the sun was shining through the (dirty) windows this past weekend highlighting the dust bunnies on the floor this was very apparent.  To help usher in spring we’ve my husband has been cleaning windows (seriously!), and I’ve been dunging out bookshelves, dressers and closets and bagging them up to donate to various charities.  I’ve also been going through the fridge and deep freeze trying to discover what is actually in them and attempting to create meals from what I find. (I admit, some them have been a bit odd and will never be immortalized on paper) The best meals were, not surprisingly for me, the ones that used noodles.  So while I can’t exactly call this a recipe, as measurements were more a long the lines of a pinch of this or enough of that, this is one of my favourite spring tasting clean-out-the-kitchen kind of meals.  Kamut pasta with smoked salmon, mushrooms, spinach and peas.
Ingredients
  • smoked salmon, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • chopped bacon or pancetta
  • mixed mushrooms, chopped
  • garlic, finely minced
  • splash of white wine
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan
Method
Prep and chop all vegetables.
Place a pot of well salted water on the stove to boil.  Add pasta when boiling.
In a large saute pan add garlic and bacon.  Cook gently being careful not to burn.
When bacon is cooked, but still soft, add mushrooms and a bit of pepper.  Continue to cook at a low simmer until mushrooms are almost cooked through.
Add a splash of wine and the peas.
About 2 minutes before the pasta is done add the chopped salmon, lemon juice and spinach.
Add 2 tbsps of pasta water to pot (this will help the sauce stick to the pasta).
When the pasta is done, drain and add to sauce in the saute pan.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and add more wine if desired. (the more of each the better!)
Mix and serve.
Happy cleaning!

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