Pasta with Salmon Cream Sauce


  • 12 ounces fresh or dried cappellini, linguini, spaghetti, or other thin pasta
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup fresh shelled petite peas
  • 1 cup heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) flaked cooked salmon
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • Cook the pasta in 4 quarts boiling water until al dente, about 12 minutes for dried and 2 minutes for fresh.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the peas and saute until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes for fresh peas and 1 minute for thawed. Add remaining 6 tablespoons butter and the cream; reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally until the butter melts.
  • Add the salmon, 1/2 cup parmesan and salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Simmer until the cheese melts and salmon is heated through, about 2 minutes. Do not allow to boil.
  • Drain the pasta and place it in a heated bowl. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Add the parsley and gently toss to mix well. Serve immediately and pass the remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese at the table.
  • Serves 3 or 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter.

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