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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 20, 2022

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta | Quick & Easy 20 Minute Recipe

This Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta is seriously what simple & delicious food is all about. It´s packed with flavors, effortless to make and all done in about 20 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for one heck of an incredible meal.

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta
What really makes this pasta dish stand out is the creamy texture. I used plain Greek yogurt instead of milk or heavy cream. This makes this dish so much healthier, while still giving it an incredibly rich & creamy sauce.

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta
To make this dish I used penne pasta. But as always, you can use any type of pasta you like. However, since this is a one-pan dish, meaning the pasta get´s cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients. I do recommend using thicker cut pastas, as they work better in these type of dishes.

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Important to let the pasta cool off for a couple of minutes before adding the Greek yogurt. That way the yogurt does not curdle. Also, make sure to add in the yogurt at ROOM TEMPERATURE, if you add it in there cold, it will curdle.

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta

Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 755 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried dill 1.05 grams
  • 3 cups water 710 ml
  • 2 1/4 cups penne pasta 8 oz / 225 grams
  • 4 slices smoked salmon
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 110 grams
  • 1/4 cup finely grated manchego cheese 30 grams
  • handful fresh chives 6 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. Meanwhile, thinly slice 2 shallots and roughly chop 5 cloves garlic

  3. Add the shallots and garlic into the pan with the hot olive oil, mix continuously, after 2 minutes and the shallots & garlic are lightly sauteed, add in 1 tsp dried dill, quickly mix together, then add in 3 cups water and season with sea salt, turn up the heat to a high heat and give it a quick mix

  4. Once the water comes to a boil, add in 2 1/4 cups penne pasta, mix every 2 to 3 minutes

  5. After 9 minutes and most of the water has been absorbed by the pasta, but there is still some water left, place a lid on the pan and lower to a low-medium heat, simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the majority of the water has been absorbed, then turn off the heat, remove the lid and let the pasta slightly cool off

  6. Meanwhile, finely chop a handful of fresh chives and roughly chop 4 slices of smoked salmon

  7. Add the chopped salmon into the pasta, along with 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt at room temperature and season generously with black pepper, mix together until well mixed

  8. Finely grate 1/4 cup of manchego cheese over the pasta and sprinkle with finely chopped chives, serve at once, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy One-Pan Smoked Salmon Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 755 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 581mg25%
Potassium 585mg17%
Carbohydrates 105g35%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 306IU6%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 242mg24%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Nige

    5 stars
    I just found your website, and made this dish
    WOW love it ! thank you , so light and full of flavour
    Now i need to checkout all your other dishes !

    16 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      16 . Jul . 2022
  3. MarkD

    How much water should I put when using fresh pasta? If the dry pasta is cooking for 8-10-12 minutes, the fresh one is cooked for 1-2 minutes and won’t absorb so much water. There will a lot liquid in the pan.
    What is your advice for such sauce when using fresh pasta?

    12 . Jul . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would cut the liquid in half and see how it works out, it´s ok if there is a little liquid left, as the starch from the pasta will thicken it up 🙂 much love

      13 . Jul . 2022
  4. Karen

    5 stars
    Making this for the second time tonight. It’s so simple, so good.
    I have yet to try a single recipe of yours that hasn’t been spot-on.
    Love the YT channel. 💚

    25 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      25 . Jun . 2022
  5. Kristin

    5 stars
    This was so delicious. I made changes based on what I had (whole salmon filets, fresh dill, and I added asparagus heads). We loved that plain yogurt was such a delicious replacement for cream! This goes onto the roster of meals I’ll make again and riff on (roasted chicken, shrimp, peas, etc.)

    21 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment Kristin 🙂 much love

      21 . May . 2022
  6. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms / coconut yogurt and vegan cheese i never had creamy one pan smoked salmon pasta before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    20 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      21 . May . 2022
  7. Nancy

    5 stars
    What can I substitute for Greek Yogurt? My family does not care for the taste. Love your website. Your recipes are amazing Nancy

    20 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use sour cream or even cream cheese 🙂 much love

      21 . May . 2022

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