A creamy smoked salmon pasta perfect for any occasions. Easy to make, this dish is a great, healthy weeknight dinner option or date night pasta recipe!
Ok, SO ready for spring and summer - it can't come soon enough. I've been dreaming of beautiful, sunny days will with fresh fruits, healthy salads, light pasta dishes and days spent outside riding or swimming! Melbourne has wild weather, one day you're sweltering, the next you need the heater on!
A gal can only dream! It seems weird that everyone else is heading into fall when I've been in my 10th month of fall/winter/spring combo, hurry up December!
So in anticipation of the upcoming warmer weather, I'm celebrating with this gorgeous, light and healthy spring/summer smoked salmon pasta. This recipe is so easy to make, and really combines those fresh ingredients that I love for the warmer weather.
How to Make Smoked Salmon Pasta
What I love about this recipe, is how easy and quick it is to make. You only require a few simple ingredients, and in no time you'll have a gorgeous fresh pasta dish.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
For this recipe, you'll need the following;
- Risoni - risoni (also known as orzo) is a type of pasta with a similar shape to rice. Risoni doesn't take too long to cook which is why I love using it in this recipe
- Hot Smoked Salmon - hot smoked salmon is my absolute favourite thing right now! I found this in our local Coles supermarket, but you can also get it at Trader Joe's in the US. It's a cold, flaky salmon with a gorgeous smoky flavour. You'll need around 185g or 6.5 ounces.
- Lemon - zest and juice, adds a gorgeous zing to the recipe and balances out the smoky flavour.
- Dill - dill is a herb I grew to love in Latvia. Dill goes perfectly with smoked salmon and lemon.
- Parsley - chopped
- Asparagus - spring is asparagus season and I love the crunch it brings to this recipe.
- Frozen peas - adds a little sweetness to the recipe
- Ricotta or feta - adds a creamy element to the recipe
- Olive oil and pepper (you salt will come from the salmon!)
How To Make Smoked Salmon Pasta
This recipe requires minimal cooking, and two pans - one for the salmon and one fo the pasta. The first step is frying off the herbs and lemon zest. I've never done this before in a recipe, but it infuses the olive oil and makes the pasta taste absolutely delicious!
Once you've fried the herbs in the oil, you'll add the salmon and break it up into little chunks. The final step is to add the ricotta until it's all heated through. The salmon should be nice and creamy.
You then stir through the salmon into the pasta, garnish with a little extra parsley and lemon zest and serve.
This recipe is just gorgeous and a really lightweight, fresh summery dish you can serve on any occasion! It's so easy to make, and will only take you about 10 minutes. I love fast, easy recipes especially when it's summer and the last thing you want is a hot oven on!
So here's cheers to a happy almost summer!
If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to review it and leave a comment! Happy almost Spring!
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Smoked Salmon Pasta
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup dill chopped
- ¼ cup parsley roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 200 g risoni pasta 7 ounces/approx 1 ¾ cups
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 100 g frozen peas 3 ½ ounces/approx ½ cup
- 150 g hot smoked salmon approx 5.5 oz
- ½ cup soft ricotta
- juice of half a lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the risoni according to packet instructions. In the last 2 minutes of cooking, add the frozen peas and the asparagus.
- Heat the olive oil in a small fry pan over medium heat.
- Add the dill and parsley and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the hot smoked salmon and break up with a wooden spoon. Salmon should be warm through.
- Stir in the ricotta.
- Drain the pasta, peas and asparagus.
- Mix the salmon through the pasta, and stir in the lemon juice.
- Serve and garnish with a little extra parsley and lemon zest.
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Chinazor Ominyi says
Great recipe. Nice details.
Can I substitute the pasta with rice?
Hi Chinazor, yes you probably could I haven't tried it though. I like the texture of the risoni, the rice would give it a different taste and I'm not sure how it would go with the ricotta. I personally would prefer risoni or any other pasta.
This is such a light and fresh dish! I love how easy it is to make too. It's perfectly creamy and packed with flavour!
thank you so much Michelle, it's one of my favourites!
Rebecca Blackwell says
I made this for dinner last night and it was sooooooo good! I LOVE all the fresh herbs in there - especially the dill. This simple dish is going to get made at my house again and again. Thanks for a great recipe!
Aww thanks Rebecca, glad you loved it! x
If there is anything better than pasta, it would be salmon pasta 🙂 Incredible flavors mixed with amazing traditions... Can't wait to make it happen in my kitchen now!
thank you Danielle, it's so gorgeous and light I love it!
This is one of my favourite pasta dishes to make. So rich and creamy.
thanks so much Dannii, glad you loved it!
Paula Montenegro says
Beautiful pasta dish! Love that you added ricotta, one of my favorite ingredients! I'm in the Southern hemisphere so it's spring here. This definitely is the perfect warm-weather recipe! Thanks for sharing.
I'm in Australia so definitely a perfect spring recipe! Although it's feeling a lot more like winter in Melbourne at the moment!
Helen @ family-friends-food says
This looks absolutely delicious and the sort of dish my family would love. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
thank you Helen, it's a lovely recipe for a crowd!
Jacqueline Debono says
You are so lucky heading into summer now! Here in Italy we're in the middle of a wet, cold and grey period! The only light on the horizon is Christmas! I love salmon pasta and this has so many wonderful spring ingredients! Will save it for when our spring arrives!
if it makes you feel any better, it's freezing and raining here and there is snow in the mountain so not really sure summer is coming at all! But yes, this recipe is gorgeous for spring and summer!