This healthy smoked salmon pasta recipe is so easy to make it is perfect for any occasion. It is ready in less than 15 minutes and requires only 4 ingredients, no cream. The smoked salmon is gently stirred in melted butter and seasoned with lemon zest and black pepper. It can be served with a peppery rocket salad (arugula) seasoned with extra virgin olive oil. The simplicity and the goodness of this recipe are guaranteed success for an exceptional dine-in experience.
This recipe is so easy to make, that you cannot go wrong. My sons love it so much that they started to make it by themselves at the age of 12.
There are only 4 ingredients: pasta, smoked salmon, butter, and lemon zest. The zest adds a light citrusy contrast to the sweetness of the salmon.
No complicated preparation is needed, you only need to chop the salmon and grate the zest. You can do that while the pasta is cooking, so the entire recipe will take less than 15 minutes to make.
For seafood ideas for the Feast of Seven Fishes, check out this Web Story.
No cream and no Parmesan
Many recipes of pasta with smoked salmon add cream, but frankly, there is no need for it.
The salmon is already very sweet and the butter adds a light silky texture. The lemon zest gives the perfect final balance to this fresh and delicate dish.
Cream would make the dish heavy and rich, not what I would call a Mediterranean style.
Another very important point is not to serve Parmesan with this pasta dish. Parmesan. or any other strong cheese, doesn't go with seafood, it is one of the fundamental rules in Italian cuisine.
If the seafood is fresh, the Parmesan will overpower the delicate flavor of the sea, and frankly, why would you want to eat seafood that doesn't taste like seafood.
There may be some exceptions to the rule, but only if Parmesan is used as a mild flavoring component. (For example, I mix it in the breadcrumbs topping my fish pie.)
In a seafood pasta dish, instead of Parmesan, we often sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs or almonds.
How to make it
- While the water for the pasta is brought to boiling point
- Cut the salmon into small pieces, and put it in a pan with the butter (no cooking yet)
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water, always 1 minute less than what is recommended on the box.
- When the pasta is ready, drain it and pour it into the pan with the salmon.
- Add the grated lemon zest
- Stir over low heat until the salmon turns a light pink color, takes less than 2 minutes.
- Transfer into a serving dish and serve immediately
Perfect for a dinner party
At the dinner parties, I am always serving a menu with one or two unique (not every day) ingredients and choose recipes that will not require my time in the kitchen once the guests have arrived.
This dish clicks all the boxes. The smoked salmon gives the pasta a festive tone, and the recipe requires only a few minutes of preparation.
Very simple steps are required:
- Chop the salmon and grate the lemon zest before your guests arrive.
- Cook the pasta while you are serving the appetizers.
- Excuse yourself for a few minutes to compose the dish
- Serve it immediately, while it is still warm
For another quick, easy, and refined pasta dish with seafood, you can also check Spaghetti with Bottarga.
Type of pasta to use for this dish
For this dish, I use bow tie pasta, which in Italian is called farfalle which means butterfly.
I highly recommend using this pasta shape as it perfectly blends with the chopped smoked salmon.
- The size of the bow ties is not too big to overpower the pieces of smoked salmon
- When you use the fork to eat it, the flat shape of the pasta holds the salmon bits in between, creating a perfectly layered bite
- The chunky middle part where the bow ties, adds a nice crunchy texture to the smooth salmon meat
If you do not have bow tie pasta, you can also use spaghetti, linguini or pennette.
Do not use large pasta like rigatoni, conchiglie, or orecchiette as they will overpower the delicate flavor of the salmon.
If you want to cook the pasta like an Italian you can read the article: How To Cook Pasta Like An Italian
How to serve it
In Italy, the pasta is served separately from the main course, so if you are having a formal dinner you can serve it after the appetizers and before the main.
If you want to know more about how an Italian meal is structured you can read the article: Italian Sunday dinner: a 6 meal courses.
As the flavor of this dish is very delicate, I would recommend serving it on a menu composed of seafood only.
This smoke salmon with bow tie pasta recipe is very filling, so I recommend completing the meal with a light main course like sea bream cooked in salt , cod with potatoes or baked salmon with zucchini.
If you are serving it for a light lunch with friends, you can break the Italian rule of the primo piatto (never served with a side dish) and serve it with a rocket salad simply seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and salt.
More salmon recipes you may like
- Scallop, Shrimp, Salmon and Cod Fish Pie with a Mediterranean Twist
- Salmon Tartare Starter
- Blini Russian Pancake with Salmon
- Maki and Uramaki Sushi Rolls Recipe
For more seafood recipes, check out the category: Seafood
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📋 Healthy Smoked Salmon Pasta Recipe
- 1 lb Bow-tie Pasta
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 Lemon zest
- 11 oz smoked salmon
- 1 tablespoon sea coarser salt for seasoning the water for the pasta
- black pepper To taste
- Cut the salmon into small pieces, and put it in a frying pan along with the butter, and the lemon zest.NB: No need to cook, cover and leave it ready to mix with the pasta just before serving.¼ cup butter, 11 oz smoked salmon, 1 Lemon zest
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water, boil always 1 minute less than what is recommended on the box.1 lb Bow-tie Pasta, 1 tablespoon sea coarser salt
- When the pasta is ready, drain it and pour the pasta into the pan with the salmon.
- Stir over low heat until the salmon turns a light pink color, which takes less than 2 minutes. Season with black pepperblack pepper
- It is ready to be served!
- If you do not have bow tie pasta, you can also use spaghetti, linguini or pennette.
- Never leave the pasta floating in the water once it is cooked!!!!!
- As soon as the pasta is drained, put in the pan with the salmon immediately and stir.
- Once the pasta is ready and seasoned, it has to be served and eaten immediately
- In a seafood pasta dish, instead of Parmesan, we often sprinkle toasted breadcrumbs or almonds.
Ottima idea per una cena non programmata, facile e veloce. Lo farò certamente.
Si, molto buona e veloce