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.
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.
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.
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
- 8 ounces penne pasta noodles, uncooked
- 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- ⅓ 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.