Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lazy Weekend Meal; Salmon Miso Cream Pasta

Weekend is here again and it will be quite an exciting one for me and my family since we have visitors from overseas coming today. It's actually a close friend of mine whom I had the pleasure to know when I was staying in KL. In fact, she is the first friend I know when I was there! Our friendship didn't dampen even when I had moved back to Singapore for more then 2 years now. Really hope we can cherish and enjoy this friendship as long as we can, because it is not easy to find one as we all know. Looking forward to seeing them later!

Lately, I've fallen in love with this new chef (MASA), eh..specifically his cookbooks, haha! I found the first copy, "Joy of cooking at MASA's place" at the library and from then on, I just couldn't stop looking at the book! It's simple Japanese cuisine, taught step by step with simple ingredients that you can find. So in today post, I'm showing you all an easy pasta dish from his book, Salmon Miso Cream Pasta. It's sort of an infused Jap-Italian dish, super nice. Whether you like it for lunch or dinner, I am sure it will satisfy your appetite. ;)

Ingredients for Salmon Miso Cream Pasta (Serves 3-4)
400g spaghetti
2 fillets of salmon, approximately 400-500g
1 tbsp butter
5-6 garlic, sliced thinly
12-14 asparagus, washed and trimmed the tough part
4 medium Portabella, sliced thin (brown button mushrooms can be used as replacement)
2 tbsp miso paste (any brand you prefer)
400ml heavy cream for cooking
freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste
shredded nori for deco (optional)
  • In a saute pan, add the butter and heat up at medium low heat. Add the salmon and pan fry till golden brown. Should not take long, probably 5 minutes, depending on your salmon piece size.
  • Once the salmon is cooked, remove from the pan and let cool for 5 minutes. Then flake the fish, remove bones and skin if there is.
  • In a big pot, boil some water for cooking the spaghetti. Cook the pasta till al-dente and drain out. Set aside for use later.
  • To make the miso cream sauce, heat the cream in the microwave oven for a minute and then stir in the miso paste. Whisk if needed till well combined.
  • In another pot, add in 1 tsp oilve oil, and saute the garlic slices till fragrant. Then add in the asparagus, cook for a minute then add in the portabella. Stir for a while till the mushrooms have wilted a little. Pour in the miso cream mixture and stir till well combined. Lastly, add in the flaked salmon and stir well.
  • Add in the pasta as before you are serving, stir till well combined and dish up and eat while it is still warm. Bon appetit!
A simple yet delicious meal to prepare for your love ones. The salty miso mellows out with the cream and it also brings out the sweetness of the asparagus. It all went well with the musky taste of the portabella mushrooms...simply divine! My girl whom is not too fond of asparagus, ate up the whole plate with no complains and said it's the best pasta ever, lol!

Hope this post will inspire you to try it out and cook for your dear ones this weekend. ;) Cheers!

13 comments:

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Passionate About Baking said...

Yums! Made me so hungry now... Looks so good, HBS!

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

有朋自远方来
你肯定兴奋又忙碌吧:)

那盘面看起来好开胃:)

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

So she is your good friend who will carry the Castella box for you right? Hehehe , don't mentioned about the small gift, enjoy baking with it. I saw Masa book in bookstore too but never really look into this book, next time will pay more attention. This pasta sound really yummy !

Happy Homebaker said...

I came across MASA's cookbook at Popular, and I have just stumble across his blog. His blog is in Chinese! Just google and you will be able to find the link. Very informative step by step instructions on his blog, good for lousy cook like me ;)

Edith said...

You must be having tons of fun with your friend now. True friendship is hard to find is this fast pace society.

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

This looks so good, never thought of adding Miso and salmon to pasta, will definitely try this combo out.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Jane! Do try this out, I'm sure your kiddos will love this too. :)

鲸鱼蓝蓝老师,你说对了,这几天为了做月饼可够我忙的了。不过好友到访,毕竟比较重要,所以一定要抽出时间陪她。

Haha, yes Sonia! She is a dear friend that I know from KL, and you met her too, heehee! Thanks again for taking the trouble to take the castella mould to her plus that cake liners! *muaks*

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi HHB! Hope all is well on your side. :)) MASA has a chinese blog? That is too cool! Thanks so much for dropping by to tell me this! In that case, I don't have to spend money buying his cookbook now, thanks!!

Indeed Edith, I am blessed to have found these good friends during my short stay in KL. sometimes I think that it was all destined, because i suck at making new friends and somehow these ladies are the best!

Thanks Mich, you should try it this out if you like pasta. The miso taste is mild, you can't even really taste it. But I added more the 2nd time I made it, and it was even yummier, lol!

lena said...

yum! i think i will like this too ! i also have one of masa's books, just bought not too long ago, havent tried anything from it yet. NOt sure if this is the same book. eh, he's good looking, hor? arhahaha!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Muahahaha....Lena, we have the same taste...in pasta and....hahaha!

Esther said...

wow that pasta looks delicious! I will try it out one day. :) Also, thank you so much on your advice for that recipe. I will definitely troubleshoot it to see what I did wrong. I have a suspicion that it is because I don't mix the batter well enough because I'm afraid of deflating the egg whites. XD

Happy Homebaker said...

Bee Bee, here's MASA's blog link:

http://www.masa.tw/