Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese & Noodles; charity shopping

This is an easy dish that barely requires cooking.

The egg noodles have to be boiled and everything else is ready by the time they’re done.

The origins of the dish are are simple: I was craving smoked salmon and decided it would really pair well with some goat cheese.

The soft, spreadable goat cheese that comes in the little square cartons melts into a lovely sauce all on it’s own but, naturally, I had to play with it a bit. Add noodles and it’s dinner.

We were both very happy with this.

There was just enough left over for me to have a few bites, straight from the fridge the next morning…. It’s good cold, too.

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Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese & Noodles

If you like smoked salmon, or lox, you’ll love this. You don’t need to use the more expensive perfect slices. I often can get packages of ‘ends’ or chopped pieces. Or just buy the store brand rather than top of the line. That’s perfect for this dish.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 1 1/4 cups (4oz, 120gr) egg noodles
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) white wine
  • 5oz (150gr) soft, spreadable goat cheese
  • 1 tsp dill weed 
  • 5oz (150gr) smoked salmon, sliced or roughly chopped


  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
  • Sauté shallots in oil until tender. 
  • Add wine, goat cheese, dill, and gently heat until goat cheese has melted.
  • Add salmon, noodles, and stir gently to combine.
  • Serve.


You could substitute cream cheese for the goat cheese – but it will have a milder flavor, Add more dill.

Keywords: smoked salmon, goat cheese, egg noodles

Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese with Noodles

It was food donation day at the supermarket.

Two or three times a year shoppers are met at the door and offered small bags to fill for charity. One puts whatever items one wants to donate into the bag. The cashier keeps the items separate so that one can just hand the full bag back to the volunteers when leaving the store.

Usually it’s the local food bank that’s organizing the event. Today it was Restos du Coeur. Their goal is to provide hot meals and food to anyone who needs it. They have restaurants all over France. The charity also delivers food packages, helps people find work, and even tutors kids and adults who need help.

Usually I fill the sack with boring, but useful things like rice and lentils. Today there was a note from Restos du Coeur with suggestions.

It was a forehead-slapping moment for me…..

Of course people may need all sorts of other stuff as well.

So, as i meandered through the supermarket I grabbed something from every aisle. When I handed over my sack it had toothpaste and toothbrushes, floss, Nutella, granola, a chocolate bar, canned tuna, quinoa, honey, ketchup, stock cubes….. and, of course, lentils.

I find it much more satisfying to hand over a bag full of food and sundries than I would to donate the equivalent in cash.

And it’s kind of fun…..

4 thoughts on “Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese & Noodles; charity shopping”

  1. I love smoked salmon but have only had it on a bagel or charcuterie board. Never thought to put it in a sauce.

    I generally try to do a mix of personal care items with my food stuff for charity. I finally figured out that the recipients need soap and deodorant as much as they need food.

  2. Fantastic. Well done for donating such a nice range of stuff. I volunteer for Restos du Coeur and was handing out the leaflets with suggestions yesterday at my local Intermarché, and I’ll be at it again tomorrow morning. It’s such a great way to donate, being literally affordable for everyone.

    • A friend runs the local food bank so I’ve always donated there – it was nice to see this here. I’ve heard of them but this was the first time I’ve seen anyone.

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