Salmon Pasta

I’m crazy about pasta.  And I’m crazy about salmon.  So it makes sense that I’m crazy about this Salmon Pasta recipe!

Salmon Pasta

My never-ending quest to be healthy and feel great means I’m making small changes this year in my eating habits.  So far so good… I’m cutting down on sugar, eating more fruits and vegetables, and subbing healthy grains like quinoa for white rice.  As far as I’m concerned, those are some positive, healthy changes.

Salmon prep

There is nothing my family loves more than a rich and creamy pasta recipe.  I lightened this one up a bit with a lighter cream sauce, and I used the whole wheat pasta to make it healthier overall.  I like to use noodles that have a hole in them (like this penne) because the sauce can make its way into the center of the noodle, and that just makes the dish just a little more delicious!

Salmon Pasta Recipe -

I expected my family to say something about the pasta… that it was weird or healthy-tasting or “not normal.”  I didn’t hear a peep.  They loved the pasta- whole grain and all, ate every last bite, and fought over the leftovers!  I’d say that’s a little victory!

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Salmon Pasta


  • 2 cups whole wheat pasta (I used penne)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 ounces salmon, skinned and cut into 2-inch strips
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • more Parmesan, for serving


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions (sometimes whole wheat pasta takes a little longer to become tender). Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium- high heat. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add the shallots, salmon and peas. Stir and cook until salmon is cooked through and shallots are tender.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and stir until lightly browned. Slowly mix in the milk and cream. Continue to stir over heat until it begins to boil and thicken slightly. Remove from heat, add the Parmesan, salt and pepper (to taste), and stir until cheese is melted into the sauce.
  4. Add the pasta and sauce to the pan with the salmon. Turn heat to medium and stir the mixture together. Heat until all is warmed up. Divide between four bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan (if desired) and additional salt and pepper, as needed.

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191 Responses to “Salmon Pasta”

  1. postedJan 20, 2015 3:53 AM

    This recipe sounds like a good one! I use whole wheat noodles all of the time. My little victory for today is that I foam rolled – something that’s easy for me to forget to do, but great for runners.

  2. postedJan 20, 2015 3:57 AM

    Having dinner prepped and ready for the crockpot.

  3. postedJan 20, 2015 3:59 AM

    My little victory was making a great pot of coffee this morning!

  4. postedJan 20, 2015 4:09 AM
    Carol L

    For me I’ve always been a huge soda driker. Sso much sugar. So I decided to go for it and try to gradually cut it out.I’ve. Switched to sparkling flavored water. Finfers crossed I kicked the soft drink addiction. 🙂
    Carol L

  5. postedJan 20, 2015 4:14 AM

    I got up at 5 and exercised.

  6. postedJan 20, 2015 4:16 AM
    carol hayden

    This salmon recipe looks YUMMY…I will be making this one!!!

  7. postedJan 20, 2015 4:19 AM

    i love pasta

  8. postedJan 20, 2015 4:20 AM

    This year I had my knee replaced, and i knew the only way to end my lifetime of pain was to lose weight. I am doing my own physical therapy by working out, I am determined to lose weight so I asked the doctor to help me as well (which i never thought i would do) so I now have the proper medication I am back to working out, I have cut most of the salt in my diet, i am adding a lot more fruits and vegetables. and eliminating much of the processed sugar from my diet. And I think with doing all this, I will not only make myself feel better, and to be able to walk again without the agonizing pain, but i will be able to help my family as well. I have already knocked 25lbs off my husband since december! And this will be a good showing to my son who is also struggling with his weight.

  9. postedJan 20, 2015 4:21 AM

    I ran even though my bed way so so comfy…

  10. postedJan 20, 2015 4:22 AM

    Looks scrumptious!!! 😀

  11. postedJan 20, 2015 4:27 AM

    This sounds like a great and easy recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

  12. postedJan 20, 2015 4:31 AM

    Meal planning!

  13. postedJan 20, 2015 4:33 AM
    Betty P

    I started exercising, walking and doing water aerobics!

  14. postedJan 20, 2015 4:35 AM

    YES! Love this Lori. Whole wheat pasta is the best. My little victory is always putting fruit over my breakfast cereal or oatmeal. I start the day 1 serving ahead 🙂

  15. postedJan 20, 2015 4:38 AM

    I’m eating more fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, and use recipes where they are raw, or slightly blanched. I’m also a big fish lover and cannot wait to try this recipe.

  16. postedJan 20, 2015 4:39 AM

    started dialing walking yesterday!

  17. postedJan 20, 2015 4:42 AM

    started daily walking today!

  18. postedJan 20, 2015 4:43 AM

    I’m adding more fruits and veggies into our diet with smoothies and fresh juices. Plan to make this tonite with gluten free penne!

  19. postedJan 20, 2015 4:48 AM
    Kim P

    Pasta looks great!

  20. postedJan 20, 2015 4:54 AM

    I’ve been working out at least 5 days per week. I’ve also cut out (much to my families disappointment) a lot of the processed, go-to meals we had fallen into the habit of eating.

  21. postedJan 20, 2015 4:57 AM

    Emptying my inbox before 0800!

  22. postedJan 20, 2015 5:02 AM

    My victory today was leaving for work 10 minutes earlier than usual!

  23. postedJan 20, 2015 5:15 AM

    i’m ready on time

  24. postedJan 20, 2015 5:16 AM
    maria in nj

    walking more…now to just give up sugar!

  25. postedJan 20, 2015 5:26 AM

    I donated a lot of pantry items, like my regular pastas, white rice, white flour and replaced them with whole grain options. If I don’t have them, I can’t use them! The salmon looks delicious, when I make it I’ll switch out the milk for 1% and the cream for 1/2 & 1/2 to lighten it up.

  26. postedJan 20, 2015 5:27 AM

    Remembered to put the chicken in the frig to defrost for dinner!

  27. postedJan 20, 2015 5:28 AM

    I add flaxseed to my oatmeal

  28. postedJan 20, 2015 5:30 AM

    Reading labels

  29. postedJan 20, 2015 5:32 AM
    Kari Cox

    We eat a LOT of pasta, too, and I think I will try to swap some of it for whole-grain. If I do it gradually, my sweet hubby might not even notice! Thank you for the opportunity!

  30. postedJan 20, 2015 5:37 AM
    Rachel King

    I feel good about eating a sandwich when I deconstruct it and enjoy the best parts of it but not eat the bread. It’s a little victory!!

  31. postedJan 20, 2015 5:42 AM
    leesa williams

    Yum I love salmon. I use gluten free pasta so I’ll try it with that.

  32. postedJan 20, 2015 5:43 AM
    Linda Tokoi

    My little victory for today is having gone to bed early last night.

  33. postedJan 20, 2015 5:54 AM

    Taking small steps to better health…looking forward to trying this recipe.

  34. postedJan 20, 2015 5:56 AM
    Leslie moore

    Getting up earlier!

  35. postedJan 20, 2015 5:57 AM
    kathy d

    I got my 18 month grandson to finally sit in the tub for his bath

  36. postedJan 20, 2015 6:01 AM

    I had yogurt for breakfast instead of a donut!

  37. postedJan 20, 2015 6:02 AM

    Started my weight loss mission only two weeks ago and I’ve already lost three lbs! Today was weigh in day! Yay!

  38. postedJan 20, 2015 6:16 AM

    I turned down desert – that was a hard won victory for me!

  39. postedJan 20, 2015 6:20 AM
    Barbara Walters

    Thanks for the great recipe and the chance to win! Awesome! I’m snacking on better options this year and eating “cleaner”!

  40. postedJan 20, 2015 6:22 AM

    The main victory for the day is I woke up alive! Second, the love of God was there waiting for me

  41. postedJan 20, 2015 6:31 AM
    Sheila Carney

    Getting my steps in even when I am working a lot!!

  42. postedJan 20, 2015 6:33 AM
    Marisa Toomey

    Looks yummy and I love Kroger! Especially their Simple Truth brand. I’ve been battling high blood pressure this last trimester of pregnancy and small victories for me is avoiding processed foods and embracing clean eating when I crave junk!

  43. postedJan 20, 2015 6:41 AM

    I have kicked my Diet Pepsi addiction and am now drinking unsweetened Iced tea.

  44. postedJan 20, 2015 6:43 AM

    That looks like an easy but great recipe! The giveaway is great too!

  45. postedJan 20, 2015 6:43 AM

    My victory was having all my lunches ready to go this week!

  46. postedJan 20, 2015 6:44 AM
    Carole Resnick

    Thanks. Can always use free food.

  47. postedJan 20, 2015 6:45 AM

    Would love to win!

  48. postedJan 20, 2015 6:46 AM

    I can’t eat fish or seafood but this does look good and I could make it with chicken.

  49. postedJan 20, 2015 6:50 AM
    Donna Vaughn

    We love salmon so I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  50. postedJan 20, 2015 6:53 AM
    Patty Jensen

    My little victory? Being able to sit up without feeling sick from the flu.

  51. postedJan 20, 2015 6:56 AM

    Love the idea of starting the year with a healthy and delicious pasta recipe.thank you

  52. postedJan 20, 2015 7:00 AM

    My victory is making it until almost 9am before my first cup of coffee!

    This pasta looks delicious!

  53. postedJan 20, 2015 7:03 AM
    Uli C

    My little win today was getting up and exercising first thing in the morning.

  54. postedJan 20, 2015 7:04 AM
    Heidi Morrow

    Awesome site and awesome give-away!

  55. postedJan 20, 2015 7:09 AM

    The meal plan is in full effect at our house this week!!

  56. postedJan 20, 2015 7:11 AM
    Maggie L.

    This recipe looks so delicious!

  57. postedJan 20, 2015 7:12 AM

    Meeting some deadlines and getting in a workout! And my 4 1/2 year old may love salmon as much as he loves pasta, so this is a meal for him!

  58. postedJan 20, 2015 7:14 AM
    Karen P

    We love salmon too but never think to add it to a pasta dish. Thanks for chance in the giveaway!

  59. postedJan 20, 2015 7:15 AM

    I ALMOST had a cookie for breakfast this morning – and instead made myself egg whites and spinach!

  60. postedJan 20, 2015 7:19 AM

    This looks delicious. Saving it for dinner soon!

  61. postedJan 20, 2015 7:23 AM

    It’s still early today, so my little victories for yesterday were taking a walk with my dog and making a healthy meal for dinner.

  62. postedJan 20, 2015 7:33 AM
    Dianne Bell

    I’ve quit the pop! I’m drinking water all the time and with my meals. Thought it would be difficult but it’s not. Actually I feel more refreshed with it and not weighed down.
    I’m also walking and it’s becoming part of who I am. My two daughters ( 19 & 21) are really encouraging and are very health oriented. Here’s to a healthier and lighter new year for all of us! ????

  63. postedJan 20, 2015 7:33 AM

    I added spinach to my eggs for breakfast. I’m trying to get veggies in at every meal.

  64. postedJan 20, 2015 7:41 AM
    Michelle Myers

    I already have the menu ready to go. We are having Salmon tonight. Instead of pasta, I am serving asparagus and a baked potato.

  65. postedJan 20, 2015 7:43 AM
    Kim B

    The fact that I actually made a menu for the whole week!

  66. postedJan 20, 2015 7:55 AM

    My victory is that I have begun working out again!

  67. postedJan 20, 2015 7:55 AM

    I was able to get one more closet cleaned out

  68. postedJan 20, 2015 8:07 AM
    sahara rao

    My little victory today is I got up early and in office before 8Am.

  69. postedJan 20, 2015 8:09 AM
    Heather West

    YUM!!! My little victory is getting up at 5:45 am each morning to workout!

  70. postedJan 20, 2015 8:09 AM
    Pam C

    This sounds good!

  71. postedJan 20, 2015 8:11 AM

    This year I’m eating more food in it’s natural state. More lentils, veges, fruits, and Nancy’s brand honey yogurt (not sweet and it’s the best local in the pnw and you find it in Fred Meyer’s (Kroger) natural foods section). With the addition of more brisk walking, victory awaits….

  72. postedJan 20, 2015 8:13 AM
    Tracy Johnson

    I’ll keep looking for the Twitter URL to share. That will be my little victory. Thank you for all the great recipes….they are regular in our home.

  73. postedJan 20, 2015 8:14 AM

    My little victory for today is not getting stressed, and just breathing. I need to slow down and stress less.

  74. postedJan 20, 2015 8:19 AM

    I get a past due notice on my City property taxes with a penalty. I sent a note pointing out that I had not gotten the original bill and I typically paid on time. Got a note this morning that they can waive the penalty one time and this was being done!!

    $35 is a nice victory.

  75. postedJan 20, 2015 8:41 AM
    Lily Julow

    Salmon is a family favorite and this one sounds really fantastic! The ingredients are on my shopping list.

  76. postedJan 20, 2015 8:44 AM
    Andrea W.

    My victory is packing a healthy lunch today instead of eating out.

  77. postedJan 20, 2015 8:44 AM
    Megan Smith

    Going to the gym and packing a healthy lunch!

  78. postedJan 20, 2015 8:47 AM
    Jo Mc kee

    Looks so good! Definitely will make this!

  79. postedJan 20, 2015 8:49 AM
    Julie Thompson

    I got up earlier today to workout and have stopped drinking soda.

  80. postedJan 20, 2015 8:58 AM

    I’m starting to work out more and avoiding too much sugar. It’s all about eating a balanced diet.

  81. postedJan 20, 2015 9:02 AM

    Kale and turkey sausage soup was a success!

  82. postedJan 20, 2015 9:03 AM

    This sounds delicious. Thanks

  83. postedJan 20, 2015 9:04 AM

    My little victory for today is that I did a decent “Down Facing Dog” in Yoga class

  84. postedJan 20, 2015 9:25 AM

    I made it to 5:30am yoga!

  85. postedJan 20, 2015 9:28 AM
    Sally T.

    This pasta looks great.I would have to use GF pasta
    My little victory today is taking the dogs for their walk,
    and the weather is very foggy and dark,so,I would rather
    stay inside~But,on my way. 🙂

  86. postedJan 20, 2015 9:32 AM
    Virginia McKay

    Love your blog and love your recipes.

  87. postedJan 20, 2015 9:36 AM
    Debbie Rhoades

    My little victory was getting out of bed this morning and doing my stretches without pain!

  88. postedJan 20, 2015 9:43 AM
    Yvette N.

    We have been eating more wild rice and quinoa, and I just picked up 3
    packages of whole wheat pasta. I’m going to try this recipe this week!

  89. postedJan 20, 2015 9:45 AM

    My victory is small bites, chewed slowly and well. Thinking about what I’m eating.

  90. postedJan 20, 2015 9:46 AM

    A restaurant I go to has an awesome salmon pasta, so now I can use this at home!!

  91. postedJan 20, 2015 9:52 AM
    William Algie

    My little victory today was waking up!!!!

  92. postedJan 20, 2015 10:06 AM

    Sounds delicious!

  93. postedJan 20, 2015 10:08 AM
    Kathy P.

    Had my lunch all ready this morning. Trying stay away from “take out”.

  94. postedJan 20, 2015 10:24 AM
    Pete Mathis

    I’ll try it tomorrow!

  95. postedJan 20, 2015 10:32 AM
    Pat E

    I have cut way back on sodas. Trying to drink more water. We are eating more fruits and vegetables. We love pasta and this looks yummy.

  96. postedJan 20, 2015 10:37 AM

    I’m always hesitant about fish and pasta, but this looks delicious!

  97. postedJan 20, 2015 10:40 AM

    Eating a healthy homemade breakfast!

  98. postedJan 20, 2015 10:40 AM

    Looks yummy!!

  99. postedJan 20, 2015 10:51 AM

    This looks good. I love Korger.

  100. postedJan 20, 2015 10:57 AM

    Wonderful looking recipe. I only buy whole wheat pasta. I will definitely try this one! Thank you! My victory is that I’m sipping on a green smoothie this morning.

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