Recipe Recreation: Salmon on Capelletti

I must admit, I am not much of a TV watcher. Sure I have the
occasional lazy day and quite enjoy snuggling up to watch a movie, but you won’t
find me plopped in front of the TV on a nightly basis. I do, however, have one
shameful guilty pleasure when it comes to primetime programming … The
Bachelor(ette). Don’t judge.

Luckily, I avoid scorn and ridicule because my besties (the
nut contingency) is also obsessed. So on a rare Monday when Kate, Meghan,
(guest appearance by Shannon) and I all found ourselves with a Monday night off,
dinner, wine and Bachelor Pad (the latest Bachelor series) was instantly

When debating what to make for supper Kate and I decided to
recreate a dish we both couldn’t get enough of when we worked together at
Moxie’s: Salmon on Cappelletti. We were shocked and appalled to learn they had
recently removed our favourite item from the menu. So taking matters into our
own hands, below is a recipe for a just-as-good version. Bon appétit and happy
reality watching.

Ingredients (Recipe makes for 4 people)

1 package of cappelletti

2 pieces of salmon

½ a bag of shrimp

1 package of cherry or cocktail tomatoes

Minced garlic


Olive oil



  1. Remove skin from salmon cutlets (as Kate is demonstrating below) then cut each large piece down the middle to have 4 smaller, longer pieces.
  2. Set the water to boil, while preparing everything else. ** Cappelletti is very thin and will cook quickly so save putting the pasta in the water for the end.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and place into a small frying pan. Add a bit of basil, olive oil and minced garlic and let stew on a low setting.

    Hi Shan!

  4. Repeat the above direction with the shrimp.
  5. Pan fry the salmon until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Once everything (tomatoes, shrimp, salmon) looks almost ready put the pasta in and watch it carefully. Cappelletti will only take a few moments to cook. Strain and replace in pot.
  7. Dump in tomato mixture, sauce and all on top of the pasta. Strain the shrimp and then add to pasta also. Add in 2 tablespoons of butter, more olive oil, basil and garlic to desired taste.
  8. Put a generous serving of pasta on each plate and top with piece of salmon. Garnish with some stewed spinach and serve with garlic bread and your favourite bottle(s) of wine.

Cooking time (in between commercials) approximately 30 mins. Take that, Moxie’s … in a nutshell.

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About Catherine Kitts

Catherine (@catkitts) has been known to put her party dress on at the drop of a hat and will rarely say no to a new adventure. After completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, she worked at the editor of a local newspaper for three years before trading hard news for the world of communications, marketing and advertising. Constantly juggling hectic work and social schedules, she always makes time for some of her biggest passions: news, sports, pop culture, cuisine, literature and many others. You can expect her to cover a wide variety of topics, keeping her finger on the pulse of Ottawa, her hometown - a city she's grown to love. *Bad Habit: never wanting to miss out *Favourite Food: pickles *Favourite Restaurant: El Camino *Wine of Choice: whatever Kate is drinking *Favourite Band: (solo artist?) Justin Timberlake *Favourite Song: Dancing in the Dark - Springsteen *Fashion Icon: Lauren Conrad *Political Affiliation: none *Favourite Movie: Back to the Future, Kindergarden Cop, Jurassic Park, Drive. *TV Series: Seinfeld *Sport: Hockey / Football *Team: Ottawa Senators / Seattle Seahawks *Favorite Book: Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, Freedom - Jonathan Franzen. ** To contact Catherine write her at :

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