Photo: Luca Trovato
Prep Time
5 Mins
Cook Time
20 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Using your favorite prepared pesto makes cooking this luscious cream sauce easy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions. During the last minute of cooking, add peas; drain.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add olive oil. Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. Cook salmon in hot oil 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate; flake into large pieces with a fork.

Step 3

Heat another large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cream, and simmer 3 minutes or until cream is slightly thickened. Reduce heat to medium-low; add cream cheese and pesto, whisking until smooth. Stir in pasta and peas; cook 1 minute, tossing frequently. Remove from heat, and gently stir in salmon, lemon zest, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

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Ratings & Reviews

melody35's Review

October 08, 2014
Delicious and Easy!

Michell26's Review

August 29, 2013
This was fantastic. I did put a few of my own twists on it. I used Trader Joe's lemon pepper Pappardelle. I used TJ's creamy goat in place of the cream cheese and also used their fresh peas. I always have homemade pesto in my freezer. This was restaurant quality and company worthy. Will definitely go into my rotation. I have made pasta with prawns in a creamy pesto sauce before but I love that this had the salmon which is so good for you too!

castiers's Review

May 12, 2013

hbrookesmith's Review

February 21, 2013
I'd give this 3 1/2 stars. I didn't have heavy cream, but mixed milk, butter and flour together. I will make this again as it's a nice change for salmon and the sauce is tasty.