Smoked salmon, cream cheese & pea pasta

Usually I give myself an hour or so to get the dinner ready. But, you know how it is, time overtakes you sometimes, and suddenly it’s 20-to-dinnertime and there’s nothing even approaching ready. Eek! This delicious pasta dish was created on just such an evening, when I was not only short of time, but also short of ingredients. A quick fridge raid and this is what I came up with.

We usually have a packet of smoked salmon in the fridge. I suppose that seems quite indulgent, but it’s actually a fairly affordable source of protein (especially if you’re not too proud to buy the ‘economy’ or ‘basic’ ranges) and Kipper loves it. I can guarantee she’ll eat her packed lunch if I put smoked salmon in her sandwiches.

Anyway, on this occasion, I was lucky enough to have a whole, unopened packet, so it was into the dinner with that, plus some soft cheese (another fridge staple here at Family Friends Food towers) and a handful of frozen peas. And bob’s your uncle!

Smoked salmon & cream cheese are a pretty classic pairing (albeit usually on a bagel) so this was never going to turn out too terribly! It is, in fact, much better than that – quite delicious – and as an added bonus you can throw the sauce together while the pasta is cooking, so the whole thing can be ready in under 15 minutes. Perfect for a speedy supper. 

One last thing – I used lime juice because I seemed to have loads of limes but no lemons. It was totally delish, but you could just as easily use lemon instead for a more classic flavour. Enjoy!

This made enough for me, DH and Kipper. So, serves 2-3.

creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta

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Creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta
Serves 2
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Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
715 calories
76 g
126 g
29 g
39 g
14 g
320 g
599 g
9 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 715
Calories from Fat 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
Saturated Fat 14g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 126mg
Sodium 599mg
Total Carbohydrates 76g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 9g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 160g short pasta (e.g. penne)
  2. 1 medium onion
  3. 1 tbsp butter
  4. 100g cream cheese
  5. 120g smoked salmon
  6. 130g frozen peas
  7. Juice of half a lime
  1. Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the onion. Heat the butter in a large heavy skillet over a medium heat and cook the sliced onion, stirring occasionally, for 7-9 minutes until very soft and beginning to brown.
  3. Stir in the cream cheese and mix well. Lower the heat to just keep warm.
  4. Add the peas to the boiling pasta for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Once cooked, drain well.
  5. Cut the smoked salmon into strips/pieces. Add to the onion & cream cheese mixture with the drained pasta and peas. Squeeze over the lime juice and mix gently to combine.
  6. Serve with additional lime wedges if desired.


  1. That looks delicious 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. Mmm proper comfort food this! I love these sorts of meals (with Shetland smoked salmon, of course!) 🙂

  3. What a lovely simple yet tasty dish! I have some smoked salmon in the freezer. I might just have to recreate this 🙂

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