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Easy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Rated as 4.49 out of 5 Stars

"A really quick, easy sauce for 'pasta asciutta,' which means 'dry pasta.' It's not a dish over-loaded with sauce, but one that appreciates the simple smokiness of good smoked salmon. Serve sprinkled with some Parmesan or garnished with some parsley. This is not a creamy, thick sauce. Just one that really brings out the simple, yet fantastic flavors of smoked salmon. Enjoy! "
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35 m servings 577
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Fill a large pot with lightly-salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Stir the linguine into the water and return to a boil. Cook uncovered until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the water.
  2. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat; when the mixture begins to bubble, add the shallots and cook until softened. Stir the salmon, cream cheese, and milk into the shallot mixture. Mix the reserved water from the pasta into the mixture. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with the pasta to serve.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 577 calories; 17.6 87.4 19.8 25 194 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Had to double the sauce, and add a lot more salmon!

Most helpful critical review

Too plain when made with grilled salmon. I added 1/2 cup yellow pepper, garnished with dill and lemon which helped but wasn´t enough. I will try again but with red pepper and slightly more cream...

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Had to double the sauce, and add a lot more salmon!

Nice one! I also like to put a little fresh lemon in there.. and maybe loose the cream so it gets a little "lighter" :) I usually make this sort of dish with homemade fresh pasta...If you never...

Very good and indeed quick and easy! I love these kinds of recipes because ingredients are simple and it's stuff I normally have in my fridge and freezer. The only thing I didn't have was a sha...

This recipe rocks. Feel free to improvise but a must is to double the sauce. Also, I think it important to dish the noodles and the dish sauce over. Do not mix all together. I added halved g...

Outstanding! Made for four servings; increased Salmon 1.5x more, added 1 tsp Capers and 1 tsp grated Parmesan to sauce; did NOT add water to sauce. Held sauce warm for 15 min while I made the ...

We really liked this! Needed something to use up my lox, this was easy and delicious. Doubled the sauce as others suggested. I used spaghetti, I had onion on hand, not shallot, and I added some ...

Simple and perfect lunch! I doubled all ingredients except the pasta to make 4 lighter servings. Worked out to about 480 calories a bowl. I added some fresh chopped basil and a tsp. of minced ga...

My family and I love this recipe! It is light, yet tasty!

I realize this is supposed to be a light sauce, but it really needs to be doubled. My noodles quickly soaked up the sauce and it was too dry. All I had was fat-free half and half. I used a har...