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Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach

Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Spinach - quick and easy dinner made in 30 minutes!   Pan-seared salmon is combined with the delicious penne in a flavorful, restaurant-quality cream sauce.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 637kcal



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound salmon fillets

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream Sauce

  • 3  cloves garlic , minced

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped

  • 5 oz spinach fresh

  • 1  cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 8 oz penne


How to sear salmon

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.

  • Season salmon fillets with salt.

  • When the oil is hot, add salmon fillets flesh side down (skin side up). Sear for about 4 minutes on medium-high heat.

  • Reduce heat to medium.

  • Flip the salmon fillets to the other side (skin side down). Sear for another 4 or 5 minutes on medium heat until salmon is flaky.

  • Remove salmon from the skillet.

How to make a cream sauce

  • To the same, now empty, skillet, add chopped sun-dried tomatoes and minced garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  • Add fresh spinach, and continue cooking and stirring until the spinach wilts, for a couple of minutes.

  • To the skillet with sautéed vegetables, add 1 cup of heavy cream, paprika, red pepper flakes. Bring to simmer. Simmer for about 1 minute, stirring. Season with salt. Add more paprika, if you like.


  • Cook penne according to package instructions. Drain.


  • Add cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the cream sauce. Stir in.

  • Remove skin from the salmon by sliding the fork between the salmon fillet and the skin.

  • Slice salmon into large chunks.

  • Add salmon chunks to the creamy pasta. Stir to combine. Simmer for a minute or more, until the salmon is warmed up and cooked through. The salmon should be flaky.

  • Season with salt, if needed.