Speedy pasta

I always end up questioning the same thing when I reach mid-week: what should I make for dinner? Most of the time I end up starring at the huge amount of stuff laying on the store’s shelves. And I, always, after around 10 minutes, end up buying pasta, tomatoes, fish/chicken and run to pick my kid from school. This week I managed to remember a recipe I saw on TV that I thought has potential (I think it was Nigella Lawson, but I am not quite sure) – so I ended up buying smoked mackerel. Thing I do not regret at all.
I managed to put something together that was quite tasty. I did not remember quantities or other details except the main ingredients: onion, smoked mackerel, linguine and raisins. The only thing that I would change would be mackerel’s brand that I bought: it had lots of small bones – which was quite time consuming to find and remove. Other than that, the smokiness gave the dish a very interesting taste and it worked really well with sweetness from the raisins. Definitely doing this again – with different smoked fish, I mean :).

Enjoy it with a smile! 🙂


How to

    YIELD: approximately 2 portions


  • store bought linguine (for 2 portions)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 150 g smoked mackerel, shredded
  • 1 jar capers (100 g out of which 65 g are capers)
  • 100 g raisins, soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • salad (optional/to serve)
  • cherry tomatoes (optional/to serve)

In a tall casserole, bring around 3 litres of water to the boil. When it is boiling add salt and a dash of olive oil. >Give them around 1 minute and then add the pasta. Cook around 8 minutes until they are al-dente.

While the water for pasta is heating up, heat up a dash of olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook it on medium heat. Add the mackerel, drained capers and drained raisins. Let everything heat up, on medium to low heat, for about 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it and toss it together with the mackerel. Mix well and serve together with halved cherry tomatoes and salad. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil.

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