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salmon pasta with sun-dried tomato cream sauce and spinach

Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach

Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach - quick and easy dinner made in 30 minutes!   Pan-seared salmon is combined with the delicious penne in a flavorful, restaurant-quality cream sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword salmon pasta, salmon pasta cream sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 637kcal
Author Julia



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound salmon fillets
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Cream Sauce

  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 5 oz spinach fresh
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 8 oz penne


How to sear salmon

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Season salmon fillets with salt.
  • When the oil is hot, add salmon fillets flesh side down (skin side up). Sear for about 4 minutes on medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Flip the salmon fillets to the other side (skin side down). Sear for another 4 or 5 minutes on medium heat until salmon is flaky.
  • Remove salmon from the skillet.

How to make a cream sauce

  • To the same, now empty, skillet, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add fresh spinach, and continue cooking and stirring until the spinach wilts, for a couple of minutes.
  • To the skillet with sautéed vegetables, add 1 cup of heavy cream, paprika, red pepper flakes. Bring to simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute, stirring. Season with salt. Add more paprika, if you like.


  • Cook penne according to package instructions. Drain.


  • Add cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the cream sauce. Stir in.
  • Remove skin from the salmon by sliding the fork between the salmon fillet and the skin.
  • Slice salmon into large chunks.
  • Add salmon chunks to the creamy pasta. Stir to combine. Simmer for a minute or more, until the salmon is warmed up and cooked through. The salmon should be flaky.
  • Season with salt, if needed.


Calories: 637kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 1169mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4385IU | Vitamin C: 13.7mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 3.2mg