Creamy Salmon and Leek Pasta Recipe -
Creamy Salmon and Leek Pasta Recipe
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Creamy Salmon and Leek Pasta
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  • READY IN 45 mins

Creamy Salmon and Leek Pasta

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"A super easy springtime pasta! Not too heavy, not too light, some would say; 'just right.' Not many ingredients but big time flavor."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir leek in butter until slightly softened, 6 to 7 minutes; season with salt. Pour white wine and lemon juice over the leeks, and bring to a boil while scraping any browned bits of food from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Simmer until most of the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir creme fraiche, mustard, and 1 pinch cayenne pepper into the leek mixture. Reduce heat to low and let cook until warmed, about 5 minutes. Add salmon to sauce; cook and stir until salmon starts to flake and is no longer pink in the center, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in cilantro. Pour sauce over spaghetti; toss to coat. Garnish with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
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  • Chef's Note:
  • This recipe will work with any other fish, poultry, or meat. You can use cilantro, parsley, tarragon, or your favorite chopped fresh herbs.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 27, 2012

DELICIOUS. I'm not even a huge fan of fish, but we had some salmon in the fridge that needed to be used, and I'm so glad I tried this recipe. The leeks really absorb and retain the flavor of the wine and butter, and the sauce was just the right amount of 'creamy'. I used spinach pasta noodles instead of regular spaghetti, and served it with a side of garlic asparagus, and my boyfriend and I both loved it. I can't believe nobody else has rated this recipe yet! Will definitely be making it again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 22, 2015

I thought this dish will be richer in flavor. The taste was a little bland to me.

Aug 13, 2012

Delicious salad- I make this every month or more! I double the sauce as a personal preference but perfect as written! Thanks Chef John!

Oct 08, 2013

Thank you Chef John!!!! Absolutely scrumptious. I will cut back on the lemon next time, I found it just a touch too sour. So easy but very decadent. I watched the video just before making, it gave me great confidence. (I even donned an apron and sipped on wine whilst making). Addendum: I made this again tonight. Fabulous, other than I forgot my own advice to cut back on the lemon. Halve the amount folks. Yummy and easy recipe. Again, thanks Chef John!!!

Jun 15, 2014

This was like eating in a fine dining restaurant. I couldn't believe it came out of my kitchen. I made it according to the recipe. Update: I've made this a second time and have to say that I think it's key to use the creme freche and a good white wine that you enjoy drinking. Here in BC the creme freche is available in Save On Foods and is produced by Liberte. It's a little tough to find on the shelf though. I love lemon and considered adding the whole lemon...glad I didn't because the flavor is just right as is. I used basil rather than cilantro but think that fresh dill would work well too. I also think you could substitute shrimp and/or scallops for the salmon. Once again this was a delicious meal!

Jun 25, 2013

Delicious and super easy! Make sure to cut back on the lemon just a tad! No creme fraiche, but used heavy creme instead, next time i'll find creme fraiche and try that but without = still delicious.

May 20, 2013

Very Tasty. I didn't have creme fraiche, used a non dairy sour creme and a little non dairy cremer. It came at great. I also use mini shell pasta. I would highly recommend this recipe and don't be afraid to make it your own.

Apr 17, 2013

I too found it a bit too sour. Wish I'd read the previous reviews! Will make again with a bit less lemon.


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  • Calories
  • 896 kcal
  • 45%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 62.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 216 mg
  • 72%
  • Fat
  • 56.7 g
  • 87%
  • Fiber
  • 4.8 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 31.3 g
  • 63%
  • Sodium
  • 401 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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