Salmon with Cream Sauce over Penne Pasta and Spinach Recipe

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Penne pasta with spinach, a light cream sauce and salmon.
It's the perfect side dish when serving lobster. Even if your not serving lobster this is a delicious salmon dish. A garlic cream sauce with spinach. Of course if your not a spinach lover, try some boiled asparagus or even peas. This cream sauce is versatile and goes great with many vegetables. Don't be shy to substitute your favorite.  This is a perfect way to also use up that leftover salmon any way it's seasoned!

8 ounces penne pasta cooked al dente and drained saving 1/4 cup pasta water
4 oz  grilled salmon seasoned with salt, pepper or with any flavoring your like
1 12 to 16ounce package fresh sauteed spinach
1 1/2 cups half an half or heavy cream
1/4 cup Romano and Parmesan blended cheeses and more for pasta
salt, pepper to taste
2 crushed garlic cloves
olive oil

Optional: Broiled Garlic Lobster Tails  click link

Grill salmon or bake till flakes easily cut into chunks set aside.

Boil pasta, drain saving 1/4 cup of pasta water. Add pasta back to the pot. Add the pasta water, 2 tablespoons olive oil,  1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and a few tablespoons of grating cheese, toss all together and set aside keeping warm.

In the meantime while the pasta is cooking saute the spinach.

Saute spinach in 2 tablespoon oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, salt and pepper ( you can add a dash of cayenne pepper) saute until wilted and soft around 6 minutes, set aside.

Make the cream sauce in a  small saucepan.  Heat the half an half or heavy cream, bring to a slow boil. Add the 1/4 cup grating cheese, the garlic cloves and 2 tablespoons butter. Simmer for around 6 minutes. Pour over cooked penne pasta in a large pasta bowl. Toss with small chunks of salmon and the sauteed spinach. This is a great side dish or a perfect meal all by itself.

+claudia lamascolo  Author


  1. I like this rich dish very much. Great combination of salmon with spinach :) Bye, have a good week

  2. I wish I didn't and rarely eat them, but I do love cream sauces. This dish looks soooo good and I want if now at 6:13 am

  3. This sounds yummy. Great combination of flavors.

  4. It looks delicious, Claudia. I love the word 'light' in front of the cream sauce. I'm all for that!

  5. So flavourful Claudia and a pretty special way to cook one of mt favourite seafoods.

  6. Your dish sounds delicious and would be perfect to serve dinner guests.

  7. My mouth is watering so much right now! Gosh how I wish I had that for dinner. Thanks for sharing:)


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