This recipe was adapted from the Creamy Salmon Pasta in A Girl Called Jack – I’ve simplified the cooking method a bit and added a generous fistful of frozen peas to make it even healthier.
Serves 4 from 21p per head. Prices calculated at major supermarkets and correct at time of writing.
300g spaghetti, 12p (20p/500g, Asda)
150g salmon paste, 54p (27p/75g jar, Stockwell at Tesco)
60ml milk, 3p (52p/1l UHT, Asda)
200g frozen peas, 14p (68p/1kg, Asda)
Lemon juice, 3p, and plenty of black pepper, <1p
Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil, and add the pasta. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the peas halfway through to defrost and cook so they’re lovely and tender.
While the pasta and peas cook, grab a small bowl, and beat together the salmon paste, milk and lemon juice. Season generously with black pepper.
When the pasta is cooked, remove from the heat and drain. Tip the pasta into the pan and coat with the sauce, and serve.
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