Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

Farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini.

farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

I love the combination of farfalle pasta with smoked salmon, don’t you? Here in Italy, although there are many other recipes for farfalle, when it comes to using salmon (smoked or fresh) farfalle are one of the most commonly used pasta shapes. Penne is another.

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farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

Farfalle pasta is actually one of the oldest types of pasta, having originated during the 16th century in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, where they are also known as ‘strichetti’.  I have read that in Emilia, strichetti (today’s farfalle) were invented by housewives wanting to use up extra pasta dough left over from making filled cappelletti pasta.

farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini ingredients

 Smoked salmon is not a traditional Italian product, however nowadays there are a number of companies smoking salmon here, although the salmon itself usually comes from Scotland or Norway.  Italians don’t  often serve or eat smoked salmon on bread as is popular in other countries. They prefer to eat it as an antipasto (starter) , in salad, in a frittata or in a flan. However, the most popular way is with pasta.

cream sauce for farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

 When researching farfalle pasta with smoked salmon on Italian recipe and cooking sites, I came across many many recipes. Most include cream and some kind of spirit such as vodka or cognac, others were with tomato sauce and many are made with the addition of vegetables, mostly zucchini or peas.

farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

 

I decided on this recipe which has zucchini, cream and smoked salmon but with the addition of grated fresh ginger. I also decided at the last minute to add some orange zest which I have to say really made the dish extra special. I’m sure if you try it, you will agree with me.

farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

 If you make this farfalle pasta with smoked salmon recipe, I’d love to hear your opinion of it, so please leave a comment below or write something on The Pasta Project Facebook page. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Buon Appetito!

(see the recipe on page 2)

farfalle pasta with smoked salmon & zucchini

 

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11 Comments

  • Josette Portelli
    March 17, 2018 11:48 pm

    What a tasteful recipe. Thanks for sharing. I will surely introduce it to my family

    • admin
      March 19, 2018 11:06 am

      I am so happy you like this recipe Josette! Yes it’s a divine dish. I hope your family will enjoy it! All the best from Verona! Jacqui

  • Josette Portelli
    March 17, 2018 11:46 pm

    What a tastefyl recipe. Thanks for sharing. I will surely introduce it to my family

  • Laura
    March 14, 2018 8:30 am

    I always use farfalle for my smoked salmon pasta. I couldn’t imagine using another shape. It is not easy to find good smoked salmon in Italy and a very good quality can be very expensive. I like your recipe, a good way to enhance its flavour.

    • admin
      March 14, 2018 11:43 am

      Thanks for your comment Laura. I’m happy you like the recipe. Yes farfalle is great with salmon. In fact, here in Italy farfalle are THE favourite pasta for smoked salmon. Actually I find quite good salmon here. certainly good enough for pasta. I buy it either from IKEA or from a couple of shops that have salmon that’s been smoked in Italy. There are companies doing that now. Salute Jacqui

  • Caroline
    March 13, 2018 7:30 pm

    This looks like a tasty meal and nice and easy to make always helps. Interesting the history of farfalle too!

    • admin
      March 14, 2018 11:48 am

      Thanks so much Caroline. I’m pleased you like the recipe. Yes it’s easy and quick and yet divinely delish. A lot of Italian food has history. I like doing the research and including food origins/ history/legends etc. Makes it interesting for me and my audience! All thebest from Verona!Jacqui

  • Pam Greer
    March 13, 2018 7:26 pm

    Farfalle is one of my favorite pasta shapes! I also love smoked salmon! This is going on next week’s menu!

    • admin
      March 14, 2018 11:49 am

      Grazie Pam! I’m thrilled you want to try out this recipe. I’m sure you will love it! Greetings from Verona! Jacqui

  • Averil Walker
    October 1, 2017 7:24 pm

    This is a fabulous recipe that we enjoyed this evening…love love love the pasta project!!

    • admin
      October 3, 2017 9:37 am

      Hi Averil, thanks so much for your comment! I am so happy you liked this recipe and thrilled that you love the Pasta Project! I am currently on holiday in Sicily trying new pasta dishes and collecting recipes to post after my return. I hope you will try some other recipes from my collection. All the best from Sicily! Jacqui

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