Smoked salmon pasta with a light cream sauce


Salmon is one of the most popular fishes consumed by people today. Go to a restaurant that offers seafood and it is guaranteed that salmon will be on the menu; many steakhouses even offer this specific fish with their meats. Salmon can be cured, baked, broiled, steamed, and in this recipe, smoked. I personally love smoked foods: smoked duck, any smoked fish, smoked mushrooms…so delicious! Today I’ve prepared a smoked salmon pasta with a cream sauce, made lighter with added vegetables.

smoked salmon pasta
smoked salmon pasta
Smoked salmon pasta with light cream sauce
Serves 4
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
513 calories
51 g
69 g
21 g
26 g
8 g
252 g
1330 g
5 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513
Calories from Fat 187
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 69mg
Sodium 1330mg
Total Carbohydrates 51g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 8 ounces uncooked linguini
  2. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 onion, small dice
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 medium tomato, medium dice
  6. 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  7. 5 ounces smoked salmon, cut into large chunks
  8. 1/3 cup dry white wine
  9. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  10. 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  11. 1 1/2 tsp salt
  12. 1 tsp black pepper
  13. 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Fill a large pot with at least 4 quarts of water. Bring the pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once it is boiling, season the water with 1 tbsp of salt for every 4 quarts of water. Add the pasta to the water and cook, uncovered on high heat for 8-10 minutes or until the directions on the pasta package say otherwise. You want your pasta to be al dente, cooked but a little firm.
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water to stop it from cooking. If you are preparing just the noodles ahead of time, drizzle oil on the pasta and mix, to prevent them from sticking to one another.
  3. After you drain the water, use the same pot for the sauce. Heat over medium heat and add the 2 tbsp oil. Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until the onion becomes translucent, about 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 1 more minute. Add the salmon and white wine and let the wine reduce a little, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the cooked pasta, thawed peas, heavy cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. When the pasta is coated in the sauce, add the Parmesan cheese. Adjust the seasonings if necessary and serve immediately.
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**Helpful tips and common mistakes

Most smoked salmon pasta recipes ask for you to finely chop or cut the salmon into small pieces. Smoked salmon easily flakes apart, however, so if you do finely chop, the salmon pieces will be quite small in the dish. I like to cut large chunks so you can have large pieces of fish in the pasta, and if it breaks apart (which it will), it’s not a problem since they were big pieces to begin with.
smoked salmon
smoked salmon

Once you start to prepare the sauce, it is a quick process so have all of your ingredients ready ie the onions, tomatoes, garlic, etc.

smoked salmon pasta
smoked salmon pasta
Alternatively, you can cook the sauce separately. Simply saute the onions and garlic as you would in the original recipe. Add the white wine, heavy cream, salt and pepper, and lemon juice. Let it come to a boil. Taste and season accordingly and there is your sauce! When you are ready, add the pasta, salmon, and cheese. If the sauce is a little dry you can save some of the water from when you cooked the pasta and add it to the sauce. Serve immediately.
smoked salmon pasta
Have a fresh salad and some homemade garlic bread, with Parmesan cheese and hot chili flakes on the side and you have a great meal! Not too heavy, slightly tangy from the lemon juice, slightly sweet from the onions, and freshness from the vegetables. Lots of people came up for seconds and someone asked for the leftovers…always a good sign!
smoked salmon pasta
smoked salmon pasta
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  1. Hi! 🙂 Just wanted to share that I made this for dinner last night and it was really so good! I used a pork bouillon though instead of white wine, removed the peas and added chopped fresh basil after tossing the noodles in the sauce. Great recipe! Trying your Pad Thai recipe tonight 🙂

    xo Patty

  2. This looks wonderful! We picked up some smoked salmon from our farmer’s market this week, and I definitely want to try this!

  3. It was delicious! I added in brussels sprouts rather than tomato and peas just because I had them from the market, which worked really well too!

  4. i used farfalle pasta instead of linguine pasta, just salmon instead of smoked salmon, lime instead of lemon and grated red cheddar instead of parmesan and didnt use any wine. didnt know what a quarts was, so i used 4 cups of water instead. im sure your version was delicious, im gonna make it exactly like that at the weekend, but let me tell you, the version i made was unbelievably nice. derived from yours of course, so i cant take any credit for it. so what does the wine do for it? i never cooked with alcohol before.

    • cma0425

      It’s adds the flavor of the wine to the pasta. The alcohol cooks out so you’re just left with the wine flavor.

  5. Kamila

    I just made it for dinner and it was so delicious, we could n’t stop eating)) My husband said it is a star dinner!). Thanks so much for recipe!!!!

  6. Lerato Moree

    DELICIOUS – Make this regularly for family! They absolutely love it! Would like to try more of your recipes.

    • cma0425

      So glad you enjoy this dish! This is definitely one of my favorites 🙂

  7. When to add the peas tho??

    • cma0425

      Oops sorry about that! You add the peas when you add the pasta, heavy cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper in step 4.

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