There is something super inspiring about going shopping, finding something different, coming home and cooking it. This is how very simple and delicious recipes are created, with good produce being a star of the meal. To be honest, I never bother cooking with fresh peas. Frozen are just so convenient (and cheaper) that it seems like you really need to go out of your way just to make one meal with fresh ones. It is not that hard though and they will not be here for much longer so make the best use of seasonal summer food, although this recipe could be done in half the time if you were to use frozen peas. They are lovely and sweet and will give a baby or an older child something to do and help develop their fine motor skills, so don't be afraid to use child labour in this instance, but at the same time don't be surprised if there are more peas on the floor than in the bowl.
The good thing about this pasta is that it tastes good hot and cold, so will work well on days out. There is also no need to add any extra seasoning as salmon and cream cheese have just enough for it to be tasty.
One more thing, do not be afraid of using full fat cream cheese, fat is not all bad and full fat dairy products have more nutritional value. As a general rule, if you are worried about calories yourself, just eat a smaller portion of good nutritious food, rather than a full plate of something that doesn't taste great.
Tip 1: Buy salmon pieces/off cuts, they are cheaper than sliced salmon, and you do not need to cut them.
Tip 2: Experiment with different pasta shapes. Why not let the baby choose?
Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes
Serves 2 and a baby
120g smoked salmon*
200g full fat cream cheese*
1 cup of shelled green peas*
juice of half a lemon*
small bunch of dill*
Boil the pasta for 2 minutes shorter than suggested by the instructions on the packet. When cooked, do not drain all the water. Add cream cheese, salmon and peas and stir until the cheese is dissolved. Cover and cook for further 5 minutes on a low flame, stirring occasionally. Add chopped dill, lemon juice and stir. Serve and enjoy!