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Wonky pink ribbon pasta

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Wonky pink ribbon pasta

Emily Kerrigan

Kids like the 'wonky' bit of this recipe which basically comes from using sheets of fresh lasagne cut to give haphazard thin strips of tagliatelle. Its other main perk is that the fresh pasta cooks in no time at all - feel free to go wonk-free and use fresh tagliatelle or dried, which will just take a bit longer to cook. The whole thing comes together in moments. Drop the 'pink' bit and just call it wonky if you have a little boy who won't eat it otherwise. Smoked salmon trimmings are better value and just as tasty.

Serves 2-4 

300g pack of fresh lasagne sheets (or use 300g tagliatelle)
150g smoked salmon trimmings
4 tbsp crème fraîche
salt and pepper
a few chives

Takes 10 minutes

1. Boil the kettle. Carefully cut the sheets of fresh lasagne into strips using a knife (little kids should just watch you do this bit).

2. Cook the wonky pasta or readymade tagliatelle in salted boiling water for about 3-4 minutes if fresh and following packet instructions if dried.

3. While the pasta is cooking, help the kids to snip the smoked salmon into a pan with kitchen scissors. Add the crème fraîche, season with salt and pepper and warm through over a low heat.

4. Drain the pasta, reserving a little pasta water then toss the sauce and the pasta together. You can add a splash of the starchy pasta water to the sauce to make it nice and loose and glossy.

5. Get the kids to snip a few chives over the top with kitchen scissors and serve with an extra grinding of black pepper if you like.