Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pasta
Some of you may have seen my Guest Post on Bean on an Adventure where I talked about why I think its good to eat less mat but that unfortunately I can’t convince myself to become a vegetarian once and for all. One of the main things that stops me being a vegetarian is that I would miss fish too much! Red meat I can do without, though it is nice for a treat once in a while, and chicken and turkey are just nice for a bit of variety, but fish…I 100% could not live without! This Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pasta is an example of just why I can’t bring myself to give the stuff up.
I was first introduced to Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pasta by a friend and it instantly reminded me of summers spent taking a little fishing boat out of Looe and fishing for Mackerel off of the South Cornwall coastline. We’d always take our catch back to the tent or cottage that evening and cook up a feast. Mackerel is one of my favourite fish to eat both because of fond memories as well as the strong taste, and that it is good for me!
Mackerel can be a bit like marmite because it’s flavour is strong. As a result, this Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pasta dish is both hearty and creamy. The broccoli brings a welcome burst of freshness making for a perfectly balanced dish!
What’s more, the combination of cheap ingredients and the omega 3 (a.k.a. brain food) makes it brilliant for students!
If you’ve not come across mackerel before, or are looking for new ways to cook it, I highly recommend this recipe! It’s a great introduction to the fish for anyone and doesn’t involve any picking out of bones or avoiding making eye contact either, so it’s great for kids too.
Mackerel and Cream Cheese Pasta Recipe
- 1 smoked mackerel fillet (flaked)
- 1/3 tub of cream cheese
- 1 large handful of pasta
- 1 cup of broccoli florets
- Salt and pepper to season
- Begin by boiling the pasta in a pan of lightly salted water, placing the broccoli in a steamer above the boiling water.
- When the pasta and broccoli are both cooked (roughly 10 minutes), drain before stirring in the cream cheese and mackerel fillets.
- Stir over a low heat until the mackerel and cream cheese is piping hot.
- The broccoli will begin to break down into smaller, bite size pieces.
- Season to taste before serving.