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Smoked Salmon Vermicelli

This elegant pasta has only a few ingredients, but together they make an incredibly satisfying supper. The dish requires nothing more than a big green salad as accompaniment. If you want to truly gild the lily, spoon fat pearls of salmon caviar or tiny, crunchy tobiko (flying-fish roe) onto each serving. Prep and Cook Time: about 20 minutes.

Sunset JANUARY 2008

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Total:20 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, cut into half-moons
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • About 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • About 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound vermicelli
  • 8 ounces hot- or cold-smoked salmon, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large, high-sided frying pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook, stirring, until onion is soft but not browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in cream, lemon zest and juice, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until mixture has thickened slightly, 4 to 5 minutes.

2. Add pasta to water and cook according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.

3. Add salmon to cream mixture and stir to combine. Pour pasta into frying pan with salmon-cream mixture and toss to coat, adding some of the cooking water as needed to moisten pasta. Add parsley and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 536
  • Calories from fat: 40%
  • Protein: 28g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrate: 63g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Sodium: 811mg
  • Cholesterol: 85mg

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Smoked Salmon Vermicelli recipe