Garlicky Pesto Salmon with Penne

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This is my own rendition of one of my favorite garlic salmon pasta dishes at a downtown seafood restaurant. It is sure to become a favorite of yours, as well.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound penne pasta

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless salmon fillets

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1 cup fresh asparagus tips

  • 1 cup quartered artichoke hearts

  • ½ cup chopped green onions

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup pesto

  • 1 ½ cups grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, cut salmon into small pieces.

  3. Melt butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add salmon and stir a few times. Add asparagus tips, artichoke hearts, green onions, garlic, salt, and pepper. Saute until salmon is almost cooked, garlic is golden, and asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes.

  4. Add cream and bring to a boil. Stir in pesto. Boil until sauce is reduced by at least 1/4 to 1/2. Add penne and toss thoroughly to coat.

  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
34g Fat
46g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 307mg 24%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 535mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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