Sunday, March 29, 2009

Creamy Salmon Rotini


1/2 lb boneless, skinless cooked salmon, diced
1 C cooked peas
1 C mushrooms, sauteed until just wilted
2 T butter
2 T sweet rice flour (superfine)
1 1/2 C heavy cream
1 1/2 C chicken broth
1 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 T onion flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 C grated Jarlsberg or swiss
3/4 C grated Parmesan
1 lb cooked gluten free rotini (or any gf pasta you prefer)


Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a large casserole dish.

Make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When the butter bubbles, add the sweet rice flour. Cook, stirring (best to use a wire whisk), for about 1 minute. While whisking, slowly pour in the cream a little at a time to keep mixture smooth, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick. Continue cooking, and add the chicken broth a little at time while whisking constantly, until the mixture has the thickness and consistency of paint. You don't want it to be too thick, because it will thicken when you add the cheese. Add more or less chicken broth until you achieve the right consistency.

Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion flakes, most of the Parmesan and all of the Swiss/Jarlsberg; set the sauce aside.

Put the cooked pasta into a large bowl; add the salmon cubes, peas, mushrooms and cheese sauce to the pasta; mix well but gently.

Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan over the top. Bake until heated through and top is starting to turn golden brown in spots, about 20 - 25 minutes.

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