Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta

This Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta is ready in less than 10 minutes. Penne pasta topped with homemade basil and pine nut pesto, peas, Parmesan cheese and salmon.

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Looking for a quick and simple weeknight dinner? You’re in luck—this Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta is a fancy homemade pasta meal ready in less than 10 minutes. This even includes ‘cooking’ the pasta. If you have pesto on hand or use store-bought, it’s even easier and can be made in just a few minutes.

Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta recipe - www.platingpixels.comHaving plenty of fresh herbs growing in our patio, I prefer to use them as often as possible. Whether it’s in a marinade, sauce or as a garnish, it’s an easy way to punch up flavor in a dish. Homemade pesto is a versatile item that can be used in many recipes, plus you control the quality of ingredients and flavor.

This Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta has plenty of time-saving tips. Beyond the option of using store-bought pesto, I suggest using cooked, canned salmon. It’s almost always wild-caught, cooked and ready to go.

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Once you have all the ingredients, simply assemble this Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta. Start with the ready penne pasta as a base, top with pesto, peas, salmon and a sprinkle of Parmesan. Within minutes you’ll have a simple homemade meal, perfect for one or two servings, or double the recipe for the entire family.

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Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta

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Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta

Penne pasta topped with homemade basil and pine nut pesto, peas, Parmesan cheese and salmon.

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 450 kcal
Author Plating Pixels


  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • ½ tablespoon squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package Barilla Ready Pasta Penne
  • 1 cup peas cooked
  • 5 ounces drained cooked canned salmon


  1. Place basil leaves, cheese, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until smooth and combined, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. Heat penne pasta pouch according to package directions. Split pasta between two plates. Top with pesto, peas and cooked salmon. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.

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4 Responses

  1. I’ve never bought canned salmon before. With that and the pasta you used, this meal would be really fast to make!

  2. I never knew about pre-cooked Barilla pasta! Your recipe looks delicious. Will definitely give it a try 🙂

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