Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce is made with extra virgin olive oil, onion, all-natural Alaskan smoked salmon, heavy cream, and farfalle pasta.  Fast, easy, and delicious!  This smoked salmon pasta recipe is tossed with a simple cream sauce and mixed with a handful of Parmesan cheese to create a mouth-watering seafood dish.

Pasta is always a comfort food for us.  And the pasta-abilities are endless!

There are many comfort foods we remember growing up.  But we can also find comfort in the new recipes that we discover.  I am happy to share this recipe I found by traveling to visit relatives in Italy.

We happen to love all the ingredients in this pasta with smoked salmon in a creamy sauce.  And, it happens to be one of our new favorite comfort food.

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Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce is so easy to make, and with only 5 ingredients (not counting the pasta or black pepper) this dish can be ready in 10 minutes. 

Best of all, as the pasta is cooking, the sauce is made and ready at the same time.

The cream sauce to this smoked salmon pasta makes it very decadent and smooth. And to make it even more delicious, we add grated parmesan cheese to it.

And, yes I said CHEESE !…not very common in Italian seafood dishes, we know – at least not in Southern Italy.  But this one does – and it’s outstanding!

Farfalle pasta is tossed into this creamy smoked salmon sauce when cooked. We love cooking with farfalle pasta simply because of the sauce coats both sides of the pasta. 

And grabbing bits and pieces of the salmon with every bite is even more yummy!

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NOTES and TIPS!

  • With this recipe, we prefer to use wild-caught salmon that is all-natural and contains no chemical enhancements.  Salmon is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids that provide health benefits for the heart and brain.

  • Wild salmon is a great choice, especially over the dangerous unhealthy farmed salmon that’s out there.

  • Please see below an article that points out how farmed salmon is raised in such contaminated waters and harmful to our health.  If you are interested in learning more, feel free to read the two articles below that I found to be very informative.

  • 5 Reasons to Avoid Farmed-Raised Salmon
  • 4 Reasons You Should NEVER Eat Farmed Salmon
  • Since the smoked salmon is already salted, there’s no need to add any salt to the sauce, only some fresh cracked pepper, if desired.

  • The smoked salmon along with the onion and the cream gives this dish it’s savory, salty flavors to the farfalle pasta.  It’s SO good!

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

I know what you are thinking….who needs another pasta dish, right?

Well, have you ever heard of one with salmon? I think you should add this one to your list of recipes to try!

When family or friends come to stay with us from Italy, it’s always exciting!  Our relatives from Naples stayed with us a few years ago and we’re always in the kitchen together cooking meals like this one. 

Not only was it so much fun, but it gave us the opportunity to learn a few more authentic Italian recipes.  And this Pasta with Smoked Salmon in a Creamy Sauce was one of the dishes we learned from them!

If you’re ever in the need of some comforting food, trust me, this is the dish.  We hope you’ll try this recipe!

ENJOY!!

HOW TO MAKE PASTA with SMOKED SALMON in CREAMY SAUCE?

Ingredients Needed for this Pasta Dish:

  • 1/2 pound ( 8-ounce) of Farfalle pasta

  • 4 ounces of Alaskan Smoked Salmon- finely chopped

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion – minced

  • 1 cup heavy cream – divided

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and extra at the table

  • optional: fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Bring a large pot of water to boil and add some salt. Add the Farfalle Pasta.
Follow the directions on the package. About 6-8 minutes.

2.  Use a large non-stick skillet. Heat the olive oil on medium heat.  Add the minced onion. Saute for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.

Minced onions are transferred to a skillet with olive oil. by 2sistersrecipes.com

3.  Using a food processor, or a mini chopper, add the chopped pieces of smoked salmon and chop into tiny pieces.

Smoked Salmon in placed into a mini chopper. 2sistersrecipes.com

4.  Add the chopped salmon to the skillet.  Lower the heat and cook for 2 minutes.

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

5.  Add only 1/2 cup of heavy cream and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat.

Cream is poured into the salmon mixture by 2sistersrecipes.com

6.  Check the pasta that has been cooking, it should be al-dente, tender to the bite.  Turn off heat when pasta is ready.

7.  Using a large slotted spoon, and carefully transfer the pasta directly into the skillet.

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8.  Turn the flame back on, and to low heat.  Add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream.  Here is where you can add in more heavy cream to your liking.  Also, you can add some fresh cracked black pepper, if desired.

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9.  Toss in the grated Parmesan cheese and gently stir the pasta until the creamy mixture and salmon are well combined.  If you prefer it to be very creamy, then pour in more cream to your preference.  And always give a final taste test to see if you need to adjust the salt to taste.

10.  Serve immediately.  And, serve with more grated Parmesan cheese at the table.   Serves 4

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Pasta with Smoked Salmon in a Creamy Sauce

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Creamy Sauce by 2sistersrecipes.com

Pasta with Smoked Salmon in a Creamy Sauce is made with extra virgin olive oil, onion, smoked salmon and heavy cream, then tossed with grated parmesan cheese and farfalle pasta. Easy, creamy delicious and ready in 15 minutes!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (8-ounces) of Farfalle pasta
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion- minced
  • 4 ounces of Alaskan Smoked Salmon - finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream - divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus extra for serving
  • Optional: fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add some salt. Add the Farfalle Pasta.
  2. Follow the directions on the package. About 6 to 7 minutes, or until al-dente.
  3. In a deep large or medium-size non-stick skillet. Heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the minced onion. Saute for a few minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Meanwhile, Use a food processor, or a mini chopper, and add chopped pieces of smoked salmon. Pulse a few times, until the smoked salmon is chopped into tiny pieces.
  5. Add the chopped salmon to the skillet. Lower the heat and cook for 2 minutes. Add only 1/2 cup of heavy cream and saute for 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  6. Check the pasta, it should be al-dente. Turn off heat when pasta is ready.
  7. Using a large slotted spoon, carefully spoon the pasta and place it directly into the skillet with the salmon mixture.
  8. Turn heat back on to low heat, add the other remaining 1/4 cup or up to 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Toss in the grated Parmesan cheese on top. Gently stir the pasta until the creamy mixture and salmon are well combined. Optional: season with fresh cracked pepper to taste. If you prefer it to be more creamy, then pour in more cream to your preference. And always give a final taste test to see if you need to adjust the salt to taste.
  9. Serve immediately, with extra grated Parmesan cheese on top as garnish.
  10. Serves 4

Notes

Refrigerate any leftovers up to two days. While reheating, you may want to stir in a little more heavy cream, if desired.

This post was originally posted in 2011, recipe and content are the same, all photos have been updated.

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    1. Hi Sascha, Technically, you are correct on about 98% of seafood dishes, and 100 % with fresh fish and shellfish seafood dishes, even though restaurants will often use cream and grated cheeses to make creamy seafood dishes on their menu.
      But our Aunt (Zia) who lives in Naples, Italy has been making this dish for over 2 decades and they use Parmesan cheese and cream for this recipe, because it’s with smoked salmon, (not with fresh fish). It is a decadent dish if I must say myself – and we make it often! We highly recommend you try it. Have a great day! 🙂

    1. So happy to hear she made our recipe and you all enjoyed the dish! And Fettuccini is perfect as well – we love it too!!
      Thanks so much for letting us know! We are grateful! Have a great weekend!!