Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach and Herbs

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach and Herbs

This quick and easy salmon pasta recipe uses ground salmon burger, but the same amount of skinless salmon fillet, cut into small pieces, will work nicely. It is equally great for a weeknight supper as it is for an elegant dinner party and doubles easily for 6 servings. You can build the sauce directly in the pasta pot if you don’t have a gigantic skillet. (Who does?)

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach and Herbs | Sitka Salmon Shares

Active time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 3


  • Salt
  • 8 ounces farfalle or other pasta shape
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ pound salmon burger
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or dill



Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, 10 to 15 minutes depending on the shape. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta cooking water and drain the pasta. Set both aside separately.


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the salmon burger and season with salt and pepper. Cook, breaking it into bite-sized pieces with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned, about 1 minute. Add the cream, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. 


Add the reserved pasta, spinach, and lemon zest, and cook, stirring, until the spinach is nearly wilted. Stir in the lemon juice and the ½ cup reserved pasta cooking water until the sauce is loosened and evenly combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper then transfer to shallow bowls. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve right away.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

Pair it Up

A rich white wine, like a lightly oaked chardonnay or a Northern Italian white, plays well with the richness of the cream while providing welcome acidity.

Spice it Up

Spice it Up

Stir in a bit of Calabrian chili paste at the end for a warming hit of spice.

Change it Up

Change it Up

Rewarm leftovers gently, adding a few tablespoons of water to loosen as needed. Flaked leftover salmon is a great alternative to the salmon burger, just stir it in at the end to avoid overcooking.

Lighten it Up

Lighten it Up

Beautiful looking, this dish also contains several nutrients that promote beautiful skin. Antioxidant-rich spinach is loaded with vitamin A, which is known to renew and repair skin damage, and vitamin C, which supports collagen production in the skin. 


*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

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