Creamy Smoked Salmon Pasta with Mascarpone & Peas- an easy meal you will make often! This dish may sound fancy until you see it takes about 30 minutes to prepare!
This is simple baked salmon recipe that you will crave time and time again. More salmon recipes: Best Baked Salmon with Pesto Recipe , Easy Salmon Piccata, Easy Baked Honey Orange Sesame Salmon and Baked Salmon with Potatoes and Herb Oil Dressing.
- Mascarpone cheese
- Parmigiano cheese
- Heavy cream
- Lemon juice
- Lemon zest
- Smoked salmon
- Petite green peas
- Pepper to taste
- Salt for pasta water
See recipe card for quantities.
Why this recipe works
I love the convenience of a good quality smoked salmon. The smokey flavor adds a special dimension to this dish that makes it irresistible.
The creamy sauce is made by combining mascarpone cheese, parmigiano, heavy cream, and lemon juice and zest.
The result is a light and creamy sauce that coats the pasta and salmon in the most delicious way.
I add the sweet petite peas to add a pop of green and incorporate some nutritious color in the dish.
It is a one stop meal that fills your tummy and tastebuds with a little happy dance.
Smoked Salmon Varieties
You can use different kinds of smoked salmon varieties depending on what you prefer. Here are a few varieties that you can use.
King Salmon/ Chinook, also called the spring or king salmon, with ivory white to deep red flesh. Also called Canadian King Salmon.
Chum: Their flesh ranges from pale to medium red in color. These are the least common of the Pacific species of salmon.
Coho (Silver): Coho, or silver salmon, is known for its red color flesh.
Sockeye (red): Sockeye, also known as red salmon (and also sometimes labeled Nova, after the style used in its smoking process), has a bright and deep red-orange, firm flesh.
Pink: most common of the North American Pacific salmon. It has a light-colored flesh, and a delicate taste, with a low fat content.
Enjoy this meal with loved ones around your table. From my cucina (kitchen) to your table!
Petite Pea Variety
Peas matter…for this recipe I highly recommend the ‘petite’ pea or ‘baby’ sweet pea variety.
Compared to the standard green pea, petite peas are smaller in stature with a more tender skin, and a delicately sweet flavor.
They are also less starchy and simply, better :). Since peas are a main ingredient of this dish it’s important to pick the right ones to create the perfect taste and texture.
Do you want to leave out the bacon in this recipe? Try this recipe instead:
Do you want to leave out the peas in this recipe? Try this recipe instead:
Authentic Italian Carbonara is an easy meal that tastes restaurant worthy every time! Carbonara: silky creamy egg and cheese sauce drown…
Best Pasta Shapes
I used a fun "rotelle"or wheel shaped pasta as it soaks up all the delicious sauce and my children enjoy the texture.
You can certainly use any variety that suits you best. You can any pasta variety. I think bow tie pasta would be super fun and delicious.
If you want to learn more about what pasta shapes go best with what sauce and why good quality pasta matter read this post Pasta Quality Matters: Cheap vs. Expensive Pasta.
If you love fish you will also love this easy cod recipe: Crispy Baked Cod with Panko.
More Delicious Pasta Recipes
You will love this easy and creamy pasta recipe with smoked salmon and peas!
Don't forget to leave a star rating and comment! I love to connect with you through the recipes.Print
- 8.8 oz (250 gr.) Mascarpone cheese
- ½ cup (50 g) Parmigiano cheese
- ⅓ (80 g) cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Zest of one lemon
- 6 oz smoked salmon, variety of choice
- 1 lbs (454 g) pasta, variety of choice
- ⅓ cup (45 g) of petite green peas, frozen
- pepper to taste
- 2 Tbs kosher salt for pasta water
- Boil water in a large pot. To make sure pasta doesn't stick together, use at least 4 quarts of water for every pound of pasta. After water boils add the salt.
- In a large size mixing bowl add: mascarpone cheese, parmigiano, lemon juice, lemon zest, and heavy cream. Whisk until combined and creamy. Set aside.
- Cut the smoked salmon into large chunks. Set aside.
- Boil pasta according to package directions.
- When there is 5 minutes left in cooking the pasta -add the peas to the boiling water. Taste pasta before straining to make sure 'al dente'.
- Strain pasta and peas. Mix right into the bowl with prepared mascarpone cream mixture. Stir to combine.
- Add the smoked salmon and stir again.
- The sauce will seem runny at first. It will take about 5-8 minutes for the hot pasta to thicken it.
- If desired: Garnish with sliced lemons and fresh ground pepper
Delicious as leftovers!
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: Savory
- Method: Italian
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: smoked salmon, pasta, mascarpone cheese, petite peas, 30 minute meal, easy dinner, Italian pasta