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Lemon Pasta with Salmon

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American



  • 1 pound salmon fillet
  • Salt and pepper
  • 89 ounces pappardelle pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season salmon fillet with salt and pepper and place on a foil lined baking sheet. Roast salmon in oven for 15-20 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain (but do not rinse).
  4. Wipe out the cooking pot with a paper towel and add the olive oil. Heat oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Add lemon juice and broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, whisk in cream, stirring to combine. Add in cheese and lemon zest; cook about 3 minutes to heat through but do not boil; taste and season with salt.
  5. Add pasta to cream mixture and gently mix to evenly coat noodles. Continue to mix until the sauce thickens slightly and clings to pasta. Break the salmon into large chunks and gently stir into the pasta mixture.


  • You can use left over roasted salmon if you have it. Skip the roasting step (obviously). You can either warm the salmon chunks in the microwave before adding it to the pasta and cream mixture or you can gently warm the salmon chunks in the hot cream sauce before adding in the pasta. Either way, just be gentle with the cooked salmon.
  • Do not rinse the pasta when you drain it. The starch on the pasta helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Use freshly grated parmesan cheese rather than pre-grated. Pre-grated cheese is usually coated in something to prevent clumping (like cellulose powder) which will keep the cheese from melting smoothly.

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