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4.5 from 8 votes

Salmon Alfredo

The all popular Alfredo sauce kicked up a notch with some delicious smoked salmon and tossed with your favorite pasta. This Salmon Alfredo really is incredibly easy and simple to make and ready in less than 30 minutes! Quick, delicious, perfect for any night of the week!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: salmon alfredo, salmon alfredo pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 866kcal


  • 12 ounce dried penne
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon cut into thin strips
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme


  • Cook the pasta: Cook the pasta in a large pot with salted boiling water according to the instructions on the package. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.
  • Make the Alfredo sauce: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds until aromatic. Stir in the cream and bring to a gentle boil. Add the ½ cup of pasta water and stir. Reduce heat to low. Add the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper; stir until the sauce is smooth.
  • Toss everything together: Add the pasta and salmon to the saucepan and toss it well with the cream. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  • Garnish and serve: Garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese.



  1. The sauce will seem thin when you start to mix in the pasta. Don’t worry, just keep tossing. The starches from the pasta will mix into the sauce to give the the perfect consistency. If you use flour or cornstarch to thicken the sauce, it may come out with a gluey consistency once it’s cooled down a bit.
  2. It's best to use freshly grated Parmesan cheese rather than buying already grated cheese. I usually buy a big block of Parmesan from Costco and once I open the bag, I wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate it. It will last a long time.
  3. Like most pasta dishes, this salmon Alfredo is best served immediately, it's never the same reheated because the pasta will absorb all the sauce.
  4. This Alfredo pasta is best served immediately. However, if you have leftovers, store this in an airtight container and refrigerate for 3 to 5 days. Just be sure it's properly cooled before storing.
  5. Unfortunately this dish doesn’t freeze well so I recommend either making it day of or a few days before and storing in the fridge.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 866kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 390mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1843IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 385mg | Iron: 2mg