So the biggest problem with this recipe is figuring out what to call it.
Sometimes you find yourself just going … I want something quick and easy that the kids will eat with no hassle. For us this is one of those meals. It needs just 4 ingredients and it’s super tasty (I’d love to say it’s healthy too? though you can be the judge of that) There’s no chopping you just need to be able to boil the kettle, open 4 things and to stir. No complicated measurements and it’s very difficult to go wrong with it.
I’m not a huge fan of fish, but for the kids I make an effort and with this recipe I really don’t notice it’s salmon so much.
We’ll always have some frozen broccoli in the freezer (funnily enough). You’ll want about 500grammes (The bag is 1kg)
Cream cheese I used eat more of this but these days it just tends to get used in dishes like this.
Some diced salmon will generally keep for a week or so it’s handy to have in the fridge.
Pasta!!! in this case it’s macaroni and we’ll always have some to hand.
This will happily feed the four of us for less than a fiver.
What you’ll want to do is overcook your broccoli, yep you heard me right.
How do you cook broccoli? Throw it in a saucepan … add a pinch of salt (to taste) and put in some boiling water cover with a lid (I generally don’t cover it full with water) I cook it for about 15 or so minutes depending on the size of the stalks.
After 5 or so minutes throw on your pasta. How much you’ll want is up to you. Around 200 – 250grammes with feed the 4 of us.
After about 15 minutes stab one of the larger pieces of broccoli. You want the knife / fork to go in easily.
Drain your broccoli (Drain your pasta too if it’s cooked)
Into the pot with the broccoli place the salmon and half a tub of cream cheese (more or less depending on you)
Stir it with a wooden spoon and break up the stalks a bit.
Mix in most of your pasta (just in case you’ve cooked too much like I did)
You’re done! Serve!
If you’ve got some parmezan cheese knocking about now is the time to use it. Also a nice fresh sprinkle of black pepper as it goes very nicely with this.
This kids love it and always want seconds (and thirds)
Did you know you can actually buy broccoli puree as well? I’ve never had it, but I suspect it’d work well with this and probably cut down the cooking time though you won’t get the nice little chunks of stalk. It’d mean you could make this meal in less than 10 minutes.