David's Recipe for Spaghetti with Salmon

My version of a side dish which I was served at an odd little eating place in the Marais.

Side Dish or One Course Meal, French

  • 1 kg spaghetti, with boiling water and salt to cook it according to the package directions
  • 2 large slices salmon
  • 4 large cap mushrooms
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup oil for sauteing
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 200 gr tomato paste
  1. Cook the spaghetti while preparing the rest of the ingredients, so that it will still be hot when they are ready.
  2. Separate the mushroom caps and stems and slice them very thin.
  3. Slice the onion into very thin slices.
  4. Saute the onions. When they just start to turn golden, add the mushrooms. Saute for another minute or two, until the mushrooms also start to change color.
  5. Add the remaining boiling water, the thyme and the salt.
  6. Lay the salmon slices in the 'soup' and poach for 3 minutes. Turn and poach for another 3 minutes.
  7. Remove the salmon slices and turn off the flame.
  8. Remove the salmon meat from the skin, bones, and visible fat. Break it into small pieces. It will not yet be fully cooked.
  9. Relight the flame and put the salmon into the 'soup'.
  10. Mix in the tomato paste.
  11. Mix the sauce gently but thoroughly into the drained spaghetti.
  12. Serve hot right away, either as a one dish meal or as a side dish to another fish.

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