Creamy smoked salmon pasta with peas – ready in 15 minutes

A super-speedy supper! Smoked salmon pasta with peas is a delicious & elegant meal that’s on the table in under 15 minutes.

smoked salmon pasta with peas.

Usually I have an hour or so to cook dinner, but recently time ran away with me and suddenly it was 20-to-dinnertime and I hadn’t even started. To make matters worse, we were also short of ingredients.

I opened the fridge and took a panicked look at the contents. 

Ready Steady Cook!

There was an unopened packet of smoked salmon, and some cream cheese. A good start, but DH doesn’t eat bread and anyway, a bagel didn’t seem like much of a dinner. There was also not much in the way of vegetables. 

smoked salmon pasta & peas.

Freezer standby

Fortunately for us, there’s almost always a bag of frozen peas in the freezer for just such an emergency! 

I got some pasta on to boil and threw together a sauce from the smoked salmon, cream cheese and peas while it was cooking. By the time my pasta was draining in a colander, the sauce was ready, and DH and Kipper were setting the table. Panic over!

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

A super-speedy supper! Smoked salmon pasta with peas is a delicious and elegant meal that's on the table in under 15 minutes.

creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta

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Creamy smoked salmon & pea pasta

Course Main Course
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Helen


  • 160 g short pasta e.g. penne
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • 120 g smoked salmon
  • 130 g frozen peas
  • Juice of half a lime (or lemon)


  • Cook the pasta in boiling water according to the instructions on the packet.
  • 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.
  • Stir in the cream cheese and mix well. Lower the heat to just keep warm.
  • Add the peas to the boiling pasta for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Once cooked, drain everything well.
  • Cut the smoked salmon into strips/pieces. Add to the onion & cream cheese mixture with the drained pasta and peas. Squeeze over the lime (or lemon) juice and mix gently to combine.
  • Serve with additional lime or lemon wedges if desired.

Other delicious recipes you might enjoy include fabulous fish pie pasta bake, quick and tasty salmon pasta with leeks and dill, and zingy gnocchi with spinach and smoked salmon.

smoked salmon & pea pasta.






  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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