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Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach

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Happy World Pasta Day! Yes it’s a thing.

So in honour of world pasta day I am sharing with you my creamy salmon pasta with spinach. It is a lovely pasta dish, quick and easy to make, and utterly delicious. The fact it takes less than 30 minutes to make is just a happy plus.

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Because of the cream and cheese in the sauce, this is not a light dish. It’s very rich and calorific, but absolutely worth it. If you are after a lighter dish I would suggest my easy tuna pasta or my asparagus and prawn linguini. Alternately you could make this dish with wholegrain pasta and switch the double cream with some single cream. It won’t be as rich, but you will still end up with a bowl of gloriously creamy salmon pasta.

This recipe is quite similar to my creamy Cajun chicken and spinach pasta, both contain spinach and cream, which to me is a winning combination. Also the extra iron in the spinach is always a good idea. As with all creamy sauces I like to use penne rigate pasta, but also use farfalle (bowties). I would stay away from longer pastas such as spaghetti and linguini, as I just don’t feel like they do the creaminess justice.

Salmon is one of my favourite types of fish. It’s full of vitamin D and it’s tangy taste pairs wonderfully with the sweetness of pecorino and the light spice from the chilli flakes. You can get pecorino in most large supermarkets or cheese counters. I get mine from Tesco.

This isn’t a dish that reheats well in my opinion, and it’s best eaten straight off the stove.

Creamy salmon and spinach pasta recipe

What will you be making to celebrate World Pasta Day?


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5 from 5 votes

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach

Pasta in a rich and creamy salmon and spinach sauce
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy soup, Pasta, rich, salmon
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 651kcal
Author: rominaslittlecorner



  • 150 g Penne Pasta
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/3 White Onion Chopped Finely
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 250 g Passata
  • 1 tbsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Baby Spinach
  • 60 g Smoked Salmon
  • 100 ml Double Cream
  • 1/2 cup Pecorino or Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp Flat Leaves Parsley
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Basil


  • Cook the Pasta as per the instructions on the packet
  • Whilst the pasta is cooking heat up the olive oil and gently fry the onion and garlic
  • Add the passata and the chilli flakes and gently let it cook for 5-8 minutes
  • While that cooks slice your smoked salmon into squares. You can do a few in ribbons and use them as garnish
  • Add the cream to the sauce along with the salmon and spinach and give it a good stir
  • Add the now cooked pasta to the sauce and stir in the pecorino, parsley and basil.
  • Garnish with some more pecorino, and the leftover salmon (if you set it aside) and serve hot

Nutritional data for creamy salmon and spinach pasta

12 thoughts on “Creamy Salmon Pasta with Spinach

  1. 5 stars
    As a pasta lover and a fish fan, I LOVE your recipe! I am ready to spend 20 minutes in the kitchen to make this deliciousness! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’m not sure how it’s the first time I’m hearing of there being a day for Pasta, and the fact that I managed to miss it!! This looks so delicious and I especially love that it is filling (won’t be snaking afterwards!).

    I definitely agree with you on not using spaghettis for creamy sauces – first thing that came to mind was fettuccine! I haven’t tried making it with penne/farfalle pastas before but I think it might taste better?

    Salmon is one of my favorite fish to make! Have you ever had it with kale and white cabbage in the oven? It’s a must!

    I’m excited to give this recipe a try!

    1. Definitely won’t be snacking afterwards! Fettuccine might work but I feel that long pastas just don’t gather enough creamy sauce in every bite. I’ve never had salmon with kale and white cabbage but need to try it as I LOVE kale and definitely need to eat it more. X

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