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smokes salmon pasta

Instant cook: Tangy Smoked Salmon Pasta

Bec Lloyd
This all in one smoked salmon pasta dish is perfect for nights when you want real food from home but can't be bothered either cooking or cleaning up. Adapt the ingredients to suit your family's taste - check the Notes - but it'll be good no matter what!
Combined prep and cook time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine pasta, Seafood,
Servings 4 generous serves


  • Pasta pot
  • Serving bowl
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • Colander


  • 500 g dry pasta
  • 600 g smoked salmon torn to bite size
  • 1-2 cups Greek yoghurt OR creme fraiche, mascarpone etc see Notes
  • 2 tbsp fresh or dried dill leaves chopped
  • 2 stalks spring onions chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp capers optional
  • 100 g parmesan or romano cheese grated
  • salt and pepper


  • Start boiling the pasta in plenty of salted water.
  • Add all other ingredients - except parmesan - to a large serving bowl and keep handy.
  • Drain the pasta and immediately add half to the serving bowl and mix well. Add the remaining pasta once the first batch is mixed and stir thoroughly. Adding in halves helps control the volume as you mix - if your serving bowl is deep enough, you can add the lot at once.
  • Stir through the parmesan. Doing this at the end helps to bind the full mix as a cream sauce. If you put it in early it may form clumps when the hot pasta hits it.
  • Serve immediately, with extra cheese if you like.


  • I like the tanginess of Greek yoghurt with the salmon but you'll get a still tangy but even creamier result by using a tub of creme fraiche or mascarpone, which are both available in most Australian supermarkets these days.
  • You could also tone it right down and use ricotta cheese, thickened cream or one of those cream for cooking products as the actual 'cook' is so short there even if you still add lemon there's no chance for the lemon and cream to curdle. 
  • Instantly make this a two-level family meal by holding back the capers, dill and lemon juice and serving initially with the yoghurt/cream, salmon and cheese, then mix in the more challenging ingredients for the bolder eaters (you know who you are!)
  • Add or substitute ingredients as you wish. Bear in mind that none of the ingredients listed here requires cooking - effectively you're making a warm pasta salad. If you switch smoked salmon for tinned salmon or hot smoked fillets, you're fine. If you switch it for fresh salmon fillets you will need to cook them separately then add to the serving bowl to get the same effect.
  • Check out other one-pot pasta meals like this one with sausages, or this one with ricotta and peas.
Keyword capers, dill, fast weeknights, lemon, pasta, quick clean, smoked salmon, yoghurt
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