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Salmon and leek pasta overhead on a table

Salmon and Leek Pasta

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Creamy, herby and lemony. This salmon and leek pasta is quick enough for a busy weeknight meal, yet indulgent enough for a weekend treat. 

The default recipe serves one.


  • 1 skinless salmon fillet (around 150g / 5oz)
  • 85g / 3oz / 1 cup farfalle pasta
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 leek, pale part only (around 100g / 3.5oz) – sliced in half lengthways and then cut julienne
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 60ml / 1/4 cup single or whipping cream
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • few sprigs of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • small handful rocket leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 300C / 400F. Pat the salmon dry with kitchen towel and then drizzle half the olive oil over both sides and season well – rub the oil and seasoning into the fillet. Place the salmon on a baking tray and place in the oven for 12 minutes. It’s done when it flakes easily with a fork. 
  2. Bring a heavily salted pan of water to the boil and then boil the pasta according to the packet instructions. 
  3. While the salmon and pasta are cooking heat the rest of the oil in a frying pan/skillet over medium heat. Add the leek and cook for around 6 minutes until softened. If it starts to go brown at the edges the reduce the heat a little. 
  4. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for a further minute. Then add the cream, capers and lemon juice and season and bring to a simmer. Let it lightly bubble for 3-4 minutes to reduce. Add a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water per person before stirring in the parsley. 
  5. When the pasta is cooked drain and add to the pan with the cream sauce. Flake the salmon and add to the pan along with the rocket and stir everything together. Serve immediately. 


You can add some parmesan if you like. Just don’t tell any Italians you know (as all the ones I know would disown me for adding cheese to fish, despite the fact it’s so yum!)

You can use any type of pasta you like. Just make sure to follow the cooking instructions and plan accordingly if the cooking time is shorter

Don’t skip using the pasta water – it helps to emulsify the sauce and makes it unbelievably silky and helps it stick to the pasta

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Pasta


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 900
  • Fat: 44
  • Carbohydrates: 77
  • Protein: 51

Keywords: pasta, salmon, dinner, leek, creamy