Salmon Pasta – GypsyPlate

This Salmon pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with incredible flavors from perfectly roasted salmon. It’s a creamy salmon pasta, but not totally drenched in fat and cream, but full of comforting flavor.

Ready in about 30 minutes, it’s suitable for an everyday dinner, but it’s chic and gorgeous enough to be worthy of a romantic dinner date.

You’ll find big, perfectly seasoned and cooked chunks of salmon generously scatter over ziti, with cherry tomatoes and asparagus in a delicious creamy garlic sauce.

Pasta is your answer if you’re looking for quick meals that will satisfy the whole family. We have great pasta recipes on GypsyPlate.

Mix shrimp and sausage together for Jambalaya Pasta, or try our quick and popular Gigi Hadid Pasta for easy meals with amazing flavors.

And if you happen to have salmon looking good, try this great seafood pasta recipe…Salmon pasta, ready on the table in no time.

This salmon pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with incredible flavors from perfectly roasted salmon.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes!

1. Salmon is healthy. Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It is very low in saturated fat and is a good source of protein, as well as essential nutrients like omega 3 fatty acids. This pasta is a great way to incorporate salmon in an innovative and comforting way.

2. It’s super easy and quick to do. This pasta dish is yours in about 30 minutes. All you do is bake the salmon in the oven. While cooking, cook the pasta, make a quick garlic cream sauce, then simply toss the pasta with the sauce and top with large chunks of salmon.

3. Fancy meal feeling. You don’t have to settle for boring dinners for your everyday meal. You can cook restaurant-quality meals, fancy dishes for your family, or impress your guests, with just a few simple ingredients.

4. Stop cooking your salmon with just salt and pepper. Yes… Go beyond and let yourself be surprised by the different new flavors.

This salmon pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with incredible flavors from perfectly roasted salmon.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes!
  • Salmon – Use any type of salmon available. Fresh wild caught salmon would be very delicious. We love sockeye salmon in season.
  • Pasta – You can use larger shapes like ziti, rotini, or penne for this dish. Long pastas like pappardelle, spaghetti, fettuccine, or linguine can also work.
  • Rub for salmon – Onion powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, paprika, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Vegetal power – Cherry tomatoes and asparagus.
  • Creamy garlic sauce – Olive oil, butter, garlic, thyme, heavy cream, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, parmesan.

1. Cook the salmon: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Dry the salmon and place it on a baking sheet. Squeeze ½ lemon juice on top, then add honey all over. Combine dried parsley, onion powder, smoked paprika, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread this mixture generously all over the salmon.

Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let it cool and break it into large flaky pieces.

baked salmon on a blue plate

2. Boil the pasta: While the salmon cooks, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add pasta (we used ziti) and cook until al dente, about 10-11 minutes. Drain and set aside in the pot. Drizzle with a little olive oil and toss to prevent the pasta from sticking.

3. Prepare a creamy garlic sauce: Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and thyme and cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and asparagus and sauté for a few minutes.

pan-fried cherry tomatoes and asparagus

Reduce the heat to low and add the heavy cream, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes. Add half the lemon juice and Parmesan and stir until the cheese is melted.

cream added to the dish

4. Add pasta and salmon: Toss the pasta in the creamy garlic sauce until well coated.

mixed pasta

Add salmon to pasta. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese on top, as well as lemon wedges.

The end product
  • Make it creamier by adding more cream. Alternatively, make it lighter by using half and half instead of heavy cream. You can thicken the sauce by adding a little cornstarch.
  • Add other vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, peas, green beans or mushrooms for delicious flavors with this salmon pasta.
  • You can sear the salmon in a skillet with olive oil instead of baking it in the oven, so you don’t heat up your kitchen.
  • Try using other seafood like shrimp or even other proteins like chicken.
This salmon pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with incredible flavors from perfectly roasted salmon.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes!
  1. Do not overcook the salmon. Perfectly roasted salmon is flaky and the middle is no longer translucent. We recommend using a meat thermometer and cooking it until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
  2. Salt your pasta water by adding about 1 tablespoon of salt to boiling water. This simple step adds so much flavor to pasta! Drizzle a little olive oil over the cooked pasta and toss to prevent the pasta from sticking together.
  3. If you like a crispier salmon with good color, grill the salmon for 2-4 minutes after it’s fully cooked for a nice crispy top!

You can refrigerate this Creamy Salmon Pasta in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, heat leftovers in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat until hot. We recommend adding a little cream, broth or just a little water to make it tastier again.

You can also reheat the salmon pasta in the microwave.

We do not recommend freezing this salmon pasta recipe, due to the cream-based sauce. The cream and water will separate, and it won’t heat up very well.

This salmon pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with incredible flavors from perfectly roasted salmon.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes!

And there you have it, another seafood cracker recipe awaits. Make this easy and delicious Salmon Pasta the next time you want to create a delicious, restaurant-worthy meal in your own kitchen.

Treat that salmon a little differently and make this creamy salmon pasta for dinner tonight!

bowl of pasta with salmon on the Gypsy plate

Try these other great pasta recipes!
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Mediterranean pasta
Creamy Sausage Pasta
Scallop Pasta
Linguine with clams
Diavolo prawns
Rasta Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of salmon

  • 1 tsp dried parsley

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon of honey

  • 1 lemon, divided

  • salt to taste

  • Pepper to taste

  • 8 oz ziti, or pasta of your choice

  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes

  • 1/2 bunch of asparagus

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (see note 1)

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Drain the salmon and place it on a baking sheet. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon over the top, then add honey all over. Combine dried parsley, onion powder, smoked paprika, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread this mixture generously all over the salmon. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let it cool and break it into large flaky pieces.
    2. While salmon cooks, pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and keep it aside.
    3. Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and thyme and cook for 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Add the cherry tomatoes and asparagus and sauté for a few minutes.
    4. Reduce the heat to low and add the heavy cream, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the juice of the remaining half lemon, as well as the parmesan and stir until the cheese is melted.
    5. Toss the pasta in the creamy garlic sauce until well coated. Add salmon to pasta. Garnish with additional red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan on top.

Remarks

  1. For a lighter version, you can use half and half, although the sauce is thinner.

Nutrition information

Yield 4

Portion 1

Amount per serving

calories 684Total fat 42gSaturated fat 16gtrans fat 1gUnsaturated fats 22gCholesterol 131mgSodium 502mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 4gSugar 8gProtein 36g

Nutritional information calculated by Nutritionix.


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