Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
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Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

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Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce was phenomenal on almost a ridiculous level.

You know those dinners where everyone is silent except for the occasional “Mmmmmmm!” and “Oh my goodness this is SO freaking good!” comment?

I made a whole smoked salmon a few days ago and was deciding what to do with the leftovers.

I am REALLY glad we had those leftovers now because this dish will be a new family favorite.

You don’t have to make your own smoked salmon, though.

The seafood counter at most grocery stores sells already smoked salmon.

You could even top the pasta with baked salmon.

How to Make Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

The ingredient list isn’t very long for this recipe.

A pound of Rigatoni, heavy cream, pesto, parmesan cheese, and butter.

I went with rigatoni for the pasta and we all loved it, but really any pasta you prefer will work perfectly.

ingredients for this dish

Oh, and of course the smoked salmon.

smoked salmon

Boil the pasta in salted water according to the package directions.

Drain and rinse the pasta with cold water to stop the cooking.

This will prevent the pasta from getting mushy while you make the sauce.

Put the same pot that you boiled the pasta over medium heat and add 4 Tbsps butter.

Once the butter is melted add a pint of heavy cream.

Bring the cream to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes.

starting the sauce with heavy cream

Next add the pesto and parmesan cheese.

Stir until the cheese is melted and everything is evenly combined.

adding cheese to the cream

Finally add the cooked pasta, capers, smoked salmon, kosher salt, and pepper.

Give it a stir and we are ready to eat!

adding salmon and capers to the sauce

Garnish your Salmon Pasta with basil to make it even prettier 🙂

Go ahead and dig in…SO flipping amazing!

Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce
Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

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Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

Salmon Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce is made with smoked salmon and served in an easy to make pesto cream sauce with your choice of pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Alfredo, Comfort Food, Pasta, Pesto, Salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 478 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta of choice (I used rigatoni)
  • 4 Tbsps butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 4 oz pesto
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt, pepper
  • 8 oz smoked salmon
  • 3 oz capers
  • Optional: basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water according to the package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water while you make the pesto cream sauce.

  2. Set the same pot that you boiled the pasta in over medium heat. Add the butter and once melted add the cream, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 7 minutes.

  3. Add the pesto, parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Shred the salmon or break into smaller pieces, add the salmon, capers, cooked pasta, kosher salt, and pepper. Stir until evenly combined.

  4. Serve with basil as garnish if desired.

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