Salmon Pasta

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This creamy lemony garlic salmon pasta recipe comes together in just 30 minutes from start to finish and requires just 8 simple ingredients! The flaky and tender salmon pairs perfectly with the cooked linguini and simple herb lemon cream sauce. 


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  1. Place salmon into a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano and thyme along with a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
  2. Place sliced lemons over salmon and place into a cold oven.
  3. Turn the heat to 400 degrees and bake for about 25 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily.
  4. While the salmon is baking, cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  5. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium low heat.
  6. Add garlic, oregano, thyme, and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
  7. Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  8. Add lemon juice and zest along with pasta water and bring to a gentle simmer.
  9. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Cook over medium low heat for a couple minutes until it begins to thicken.
  11. Add pasta and toss to coat evenly. Cook for a couple minutes until warmed through. Season to taste and transfer to a serving platter.
  12. Serve salmon over the bed of pasta. Garnish with sliced lemon and fresh parsley, and enjoy!



  • Salt your pasta water! When I'm cooking a pound of pasta I'll typically add 2-4 tablespoons of Kosher salt. Salting the water is the first chance you have to season the pasta and it will make SUCH a difference in the overall flavor of the dish. Don't worry about it being too salty as most of the salt will wash away when you drain the pasta. Don't forget to save some of that pasta water for dressing the pasta though!
  • Always cook pasta al dente! You still want it to have a toothsome bite after cooking. I typically boil my pasta for 1 minute less than the package instructions recommend and then start tasting it until it's perfectly al dente.
  • To thicken your pasta sauce and add a bit of nutty flavor, try adding a handful of freshly shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. The cheese is going to add a delicious earthy flavor and thicken the sauce up a bit as well.
  • Add any fresh veggies you enjoy to this creamy salmon pasta recipe! I love to add roasted broccoli, roasted asparagus, blistered tomatoes, or even wilted spinach to this dish to get some extra vegetables in.
  • To give this salmon recipe a kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce or let your family add their own to each serving.
  • You can make this recipe without the salmon if you want! The pasta on its own is SO delicious that it can stand alone as a main dish alongside a green salad, but I love the extra protein and omega-3 that the roasted salmon brings to the dish.