Recipe for Smoked Salmon Pasta with Cream Sauce

Recipe for Smoked Salmon Pappardelle with Light “Cream”

Creamy smoked salmon pappardelle

Who knows pasta better than the  The National Pasta Association? That’s what we thought when they sent us this Smoked Salmon Pappardelle recipe. (One taste and we’ll bet you’re going to agree.) But what we love best about this dish isn’t the pasta, it’s the light spin they’ve put on cream sauce. By using low fat milk in combination with reduced fat sour cream, they’ve managed to cut the cholesterol, (which is bad not only for your heart but also for your sex life). Yet thanks to the sour cream, the sauce maintains body and richness. We also like that slight tang the sour cream brings to the dish. It pairs nicely with the smoked salmon.

The allure of salmon

And about the salmon…You know Omega-3 rich salmon is an aphrodisiac, right? It also adds a lean source of protein to the dish. That gives you the kind of energy you need to get through the day and (hopefully) into a night of passion.

What is Pappardelle?

The recipe calls for Pappardelle. These broad, flat noodles originated in Tuscany. They’re typically served with heavy, hearty sauces. Another reason we love this unexpected twist of Smoked Salmon Pappardelle. The noodles are typically made with wheat flour but you can find versions made from other flours if you’re trying to avoid gluten.

Brunch pasta

Smoked Salmon Pappardelle is a pasta recipe suitable for brunch or lunch. But don’t overlook it as a dinner dish. This is really the kind of pasta that works for any occasion. To complete the experience, don’t forget an elegant bottle of wine. (Perhaps the one you used in the sauce?) I recommend something acidic, like a Sauvignon Blanc or Dry Gewurztraminer, to cut through the richness of the sauce.

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Recipe for Smoked Salmon Pasta with Cream Sauce
Smoked Salmon Pappardelle with Light “Cream”
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
23 mins

Pasta in cream sauce gets a makeover with this light and lovely seafood dish. 

Course: Main Course
Dish Type: pasta
Diet and Health: healthy-ish
Ingredient: smoked salmon
Servings: 4
  • 8 oz pappardelle or any wide noodle
  • 1/2 c reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/4 c low-fat 1% milk
  • 1/4 c roughly chopped dill plus additional for garnish
  • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 c finely chopped shallot
  • 1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp dry white wine
  • 3 oz roughly chopped smoked salmon
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the pappardelle according to package directions. Drain and reserve.
  2. While the pappardelle is cooking, whisk together the sour cream, milk and dill. Season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Reserve.
  3. Heat medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and cook the shallots until softened and just starting to brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and push it around to caramelize a bit, about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with the wine. Reduce by half, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove pan from heat. Stir in the pasta, the smoked salmon and the sour cream mixture.
  6. Return the pan to low heat just briefly. Don’t overheat or the sauce may “break” and the salmon’s texture will be too firm.
  7. Divide between bowls and sprinkle with additional dill.



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