This is the second of the series of making more of your food – this way we waste less and go to the supermarket less frequently!
We have some pasta which we brought back from holiday last year and a couple of jars of pesto. In itself that would make a nice meal – but with a few little additions of ‘bits and bobs’ foods from the back of the fridge – we thought we could zing it up a little.
We had a small piece of smoked mackerel in the fridge. The first thing was to remove the skin from the fish. The fish was then sliced into small pieces. A very small slice of homemade bacon was chopped into mini lardon and a couple of rings of onion were also finely chopped. The lardon and the onion were fried as the pasta cooked. Just before the pasta is ready – the mackerel was added to the pan to warm. The pasta and a little cooking water was then added to the mix. Finally a little pesto was stirred through the pasta. The pasta was simply plated and served with a little grated parmesan.
Footnote: Classically fish and parmesan are not served together – but with the smokey flavours, I think it works
Smoked mackerel, bacon, onion and pesto pasta
Pasta and pesto enhanced with smoked mackerel and bacon
- 250g dried pasta
- Small piece of smoked mackerel
- Small piece of bacon
- A little onion or shallot
- Step 1 Remove the skin from the fish and slice into small pieces.
- Step 2 Dice a small slice of bacon into mini lardon and finely chop a little onion. Fry the lardon and the onion as the pasta cooked.
- Step 3 Cook the pasta following the instructions on the pack
- Step 4 Just before the pasta is ready – add the mackerel to the pan to warm. Then add the pasta and a little cooking water to the mackerel and mini lardon mix. Finally stir a little pesto through the pasta.
- Step 5 Plate and serve with a little grated parmesan.