This simple Pesto Salmon Pasta Recipe is the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight. You can also substitute the pasta with greens for a flavorful light leafy salad.
I love recipes that can easily be converted between carb heavy pasta type dishes and salads. I made this pesto salmon pasta and also made a similar version of this dish but substituting salad greens for the pasta.
Perfect lunch or dinner for D and myself. While he can afford to eat calorie loaded pasta dishes, I prefer a lighter leafy green salad, but with all the added flavors.
The sauce here is incredibly simple but still full of flavors and made from scratch. Once you drain the pasta water, add the pot back to the stove over low heat and throw in some milk or cream and pesto (preferable home made). Toss that together a few times, and let the heat slightly thicken the sauce and coat the pasta noodles.
No need to buy those jarred preservative and additive filled sauces, and also no need to slave away in the kitchen preparing your own tomato sauce.
Perfect pasta sauce for the busy home cook.
Make sure to pan fry those garlic slices for the extra crunch and blacken the salmon for added flavor.
A simple dinner for two.
A delicious pasta dish full of rich flavors. A perfect dinner dish with salmon, pesto and spices and herbs. Full meal!
15 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
- 1 salmon steak
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons oil
- salt/pepper to taste
- soy sauce (splash) (use gluten free tamari for gluten free version)
- lime juice (splash)
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 6 tablespoons pesto (use vegan pesto for dairy free version)
- 1/4 cup milk (use coconut milk for dairy free version)
- 6 ounces pasta (linguine, tagliatelle, etc) (use gluten free pasta for gluten free version)
- 2 green onions, diced
- Add a dash of soy sauce, salt and a little bit of lime juice onto both sides of the salmon steak.
- Heat oil over medium heat and add thinly sliced garlic. Cook until it starts to brown and then remove the garlic. Increase heat to medium-high and add the salmon steak, once the oil is hot, cooking it on both sides until browned.
- Boil pasta according to package directions and drain the pasta water. To the pot of pasta add pesto and milk and return to the stove over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes more, stirring the pasta with the sauce.
- When salmon steak is cooked through, cut it up into large bite sized pieces.
- Top pasta with salmon, capers, red onions, crispy fried garlic, and green onions. Toss. Add a splash of lime juice for an extra kick.