Pasta with Salmon Caviar

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Juicy salmon eggs add a delicate crunch to this luxurious pasta dish. If you prefer a more subtle fish flavor, substitute trout roe and smoked trout for the salmon roe and smoked salmon.Plus: Pasta Recipes and Tips

Pasta with Salmon Caviar
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
4 main or 6 first-course servings

Ingredients

  • Salt

  • 1/2 pound dry tagliarini or fettuccine

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 shallot, minced

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon chopped tarragon

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into 1/2-inch ribbons (1/2 cup)

  • 4 ounces salmon caviar

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a large pinch of salt. Add the tagliarini and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water.

  2. In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam subsides, add the minced shallot and cook over moderately low heat for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the crème fraîche, parsley and tarragon. Stir in about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water and season with pepper. Add the pasta and smoked salmon ribbons and toss well. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of the reserved cooking water if the pasta seems too dry. Remove from the heat. Add three-fourths of the caviar and toss gently. Serve in shallow bowls, garnished with the remaining caviar.

Suggested Pairing

Rich, full-bodied minerally Chardonnay.

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