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(post, Murielle Helgeson)

Menu du soir:
Farfalle with smoked salmon and spinach

As far as pasta goes, I never follow a recipe.
My parents' best friends are Italian, from Emilia Romagna (like Marcella Hazan). I always spent one month with them in the summer. Maria's mother, Pepina, would always cook passatelli the day of our arrival. And Bruno would take us to "Da Max" gelateria, for our first ice-cream of the summer (in France we don't really eat ice-cream). Those were the days...
So, part of my cooking education started in Italy. Before I could cook anything else, I had a pretty good sense of how to make pasta sauce.

2/3 pound farfalle
1 shallot
3 oz fresh spinach
3 oz smoked salmon
3 tbsp sour cream
salt and pepper

The thing that I like with this sauce is that it's done in about 10 minutes. Of course, I would never never cook it for my Italian friends. I would be too scared of their judgement. And I know anyway that they believe that the French can't cook pasta.