Year 2017 was the year when we travelled a bit more than usual. One such place was Italy. During this trip, we went to a group of five villages, called Cinque Terre. We reached the first village in Cinque Terre well in time. It was roughly one hour to lunch and we could not wait to see the beauty of Monterosso al Mare. After strolling a bit, we chose to relax in one of those waterfront restaurants and settled ourselves with a glass of Italian White Wine, while cool sea breeze brushed by. The menu looked so good that on a whim, we ate a variety of seafood. Each seafood dish was so good, be it the Stuffed Mussels, the Anchovies or the Salmon and Prawn Linguine.
Cut to present. It is lockdown and our much-awaited summer trips got cancelled because of a tiny microorganism that has spread havoc all over the world. In this world of Coronavirus, we really miss these European destinations, each of which is just amazing in its own right.
Monterosso al Mare is the same place where we had Limoncello, a lemon-based liqueur, which is by far one of our favourite drinks! In Monterosso itself, I was blown away by the flavours of this Italian seafood spaghetti with salmon and prawns. Ask any Italian and they will tell you that salmon, prawns and pasta are such a terrific combination! This is the reason that Salmon and Prawn Linguine is so popular in Italy.
As I shared on social media too, last weekend, we recreated a few Italian dishes for lunch. It was a hearty Italian lunch at home with all homemade Italian dishes. When the kids heard that we were making this Linguine, they were very excited.
And why not? After all, this Salmon and Prawn Linguine is creamy and out of the world. This Seafood Spaghetti is simply beyond words, until you make this Italian recipe and taste it yourself! This recipe of Salmon and Prawn Linguine was shared by an Italian woman in our air bnb hotel in Monterosso: so, I am assured that the recipe is quite authentic. The flavour is very similar to what we ate in Cinque Terre.
The weekend Italian lunch made us so happy. More so because we had a wonderful Italian Chocolate Risotto as a dessert, too! We spent the evening by going through old albums of our 2017 Italy trip. It was almost like visiting Italy again.
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Salmon and Prawn Linguine: Italian Seafood Spaghetti with Salmon and Prawns
- 350 g Salmon fillet (with skin)
- 250 ml Dry white wine
- 1 Tomato (medium-sized) [Instead, you can use around 10 cherry tomatoes, halved!]
- 200 ml Heavy cream
- 400 g Spaghetti
- 130 g Medium-sized de-veined prawns
- ½ cup Olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Salt to taste
- Handful of basil leaves
- Chop the tomato into small cubes.
- Heat around 1/4 cup olive oil and lightly sauté the prawns with some salt and pepper. Remove the prawns and keep aside.
- Cook the Spaghetti according to package directions, until al dente. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the spaghetti water. Keep the cooked spaghetti separately.
- Heat a non-stick pan. Add the rest of the oil to this. Sear the salmon, skin side down, with some salt and freshly ground pepper. Pour the wine over and add around 12 chopped basil leaves.
- Bring the wine to a boil. Flip the salmon and cook covered for around 5 min. Take out the salmon and allow to cool a bit.
- To the simmering wine, add the tomatoes and the cream. Add the reserved pasta liquid, give this a good stir and bring this sauce to a boil, until it thickens a bit: about 10 min. Add the cooked prawns and the roughly chopped salmon to this sauce and switch off the flame. Mix lightly and adjust the seasoning, if required.
- Toss this sauce with the warm pasta and serve immediately. Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves.