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Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta

This Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta is ready in less than 20 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 20 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.

Having 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.

Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta recipe - www.platingpixels.comThis 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.

Once you have all the ingredients and pasta cooked, 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
Keyword easy salmon pasta, salmon pesto pasta, seafood pesto pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Calories 546kcal
Servings 2
Author: Matt Ivan
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  • 8 ounces penne pasta noodles, uncooked
  • 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 cup peas, cooked
  • 5 ounces drained cooked canned salmon


  • Cook pasta according to package directions in a pot of lightly salted water. Usually 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking: 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. 
  • Split cooked pasta between two plates. Top with pesto, peas and cooked salmon. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Salmon Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 546 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Fat 42g65%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 530mg23%
Potassium 546mg16%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1380IU28%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 433mg43%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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