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5 from 2 votes

Creamy Salmon Pasta

Here's a delicious and easy dish the whole family will love: creamy salmon pasta with lemon and garlic. It only takes 30 minutes to put together— perfect for weeknights when life gets a bit hectic!
Course Pasta Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy pasta recipe, salmon pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 426kcal


  • 1 Box (14. 5 ounces) high-protein penne pasta or pasta of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup diced or flaked cooked salmon (about 2 large fillets)
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for garnish (optional)


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Follow the minimum time suggested for al dente pasta (it will cook a little more in the sauce). Drain the pasta.
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and let reduce for 4-5 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to cling to the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Add the drained pasta, baby spinach, and salmon. Cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3-4 minutes (if your skillet is on the smaller side, you might need to add the spinach in batches).
  • Stir in the parsley and Parmesan cheese and season with plenty of freshly cracked black pepper. Serve with additional lemon wedges if you'd like!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2793IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg