Salmon Pesto Pasta

This super simple and elegant recipe for pesto salmon pasta is perfect for company. Because the dish is so simple, it is perfect for a party, especially if you are a novice cook.

Serve this simple and elegant dish with some toasted garlic bread and a fresh green salad with grape or cherry tomatoes and a simple vinaigrette dressing.

Preparation: 15 min
Cooking: 10 min
Total: 25 min
Portions: 6 servings


  • 2 grilled VĂ…RLAKS salmon steaks (or smoked salmon)
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pack of 16g spaghetti
  • 1 can of basil pesto
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided.


  1. Cut the salmon into pieces.
  2. In a large pan over high heat, bring water to a boil. Add some salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta and stir.
  3. When you have added the pasta to the water, whisk together the pesto, cream and sour cream in a large saucepan. Heat this mixture for 3 to 4 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently with a whisk.
  4. Stir the salmon pieces into the cream mixture with a wooden spoon and continue to heat on low heat; the mixture will start to simmer.
  5. Drain the pasta when it is al dente.
  6. Add the drained pasta to the salmon mixture, along with half the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Turn the heat of the pan to medium and cook, stirring gently with tongs, until the spaghetti is coated and the mixture is well heated.
  8. Serve with the rest of the Parmesan cheese.

Bon appetit and enjoy!