While the children can often be found tucking into a plate of pasta, my husband and I work hard to limit our intake. It's not that we don't like it. We LOVE pasta. (My absolute favorite Italian dish is pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale (wild boar ragu)). It's just that our waistlines object. Steering clear, inevitably means we miss out on some fabulous food options.

With an ever declining choice of vegetables available in the supermarket, it turns out celeriac was plentiful this week and I came across this recipe that uses it to create pappardelle like ribbons.

While celeriac ribbons tossed with chard, garlic and pumpkin seeds sounds delicious to me, I knew I'd have a hard time getting the kids to tuck in willingly. And I'd prefer to cook one meal this evening. So I tracked down a trusted pasta recipe of old for smoked salmon and lemon pasta.

The kids were delighted, tucking into spaghetti and clearing their plates, while my husband conceded that despite hating celery, the veggie pappardelle was indeed tasty. A solid 8 with plates cleared all round. Success.