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Salmon Pesto Pasta on blue and white plates

4-Ingredient Salmon Pesto Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Marley Goldin
With just four ingredients, one pot, and 30 minutes, you can whip up this easy and delicious Salmon Pesto Pasta to feed four.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings



  • 16 ounces pasta (short or long)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10 ounces salmon (1 portion = 3-5 ounces)
  • 8 ounces pesto (8 ounces pesto = approx 1 cup)


  • Cook the pasta to al dente according to the directions on the box. Before straining, make sure to conserve at least 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Set pasta aside in a colander or large bowl.
  • Remove the skin from salmon if necessary and pat the salmon dry with paper towels (use these bamboo paper towels for a more sustainable option!). Cut it into small cubes, about 1 cubic inch in size.
  • Add the salmon to the pot with the olive oil and about 1 tablespoon of pesto. Cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, tossing frequently so the salmon cooks evenly on both sides.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the pasta to the pot with the salmon.
  • Add the pesto to the pasta and toss to coat. While you are tossing, slowly add the pasta water, about 1 tablespoon at a time, assessing the consistency as you go. You should only need about 2-3 tablespoons of pasta water to successfully coat the pesto in the pasta. Serve hot and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • For more easy and low clean-up recipes, check out this awesome list of my best One-Pot meals.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, 5 Ingredients or Less, One-Pot, Pesto Pasta, Salmon Dinner, Salmon Pasta
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