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Salmon Pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto

If pasta recipes are a staple in your house like they are in ours, then you will love this salmon pasta recipe that uses pesto. This is a quick and easy meal that the whole family will love. It’s perfect to make even on a busy weeknight.

cellentani pasta with salmon and green beans in a white bowl

Salmon Pasta with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Ingredients

You can find our full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card below, but the key items you need are:

  • Salmon
  • Cellentani pasta
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Sundried tomato pesto – we used a store-bought jar for convenience, but you could also make our homemade sundried tomato pesto recipe
  • Green vegetable

ingredients to make salmon and sundried tomato pasta

Which pasta is best for this recipe?

One of our favorites is Cellentani pasta. We use it for a lot of similar pasta dishes as well as homemade mac & cheese. Other pasta that will work well for this dish are:

  • Penne
  • Campanelle
  • Rotini
  • Mostaccioli
  • Ziti

Vegetables you can add to salmon pasta

I love adding green vegetables to dishes because they add a little color, especially when using a red sauce. We added green beans to our salmon pasta recipe because that’s what we happened to already have in the refrigerator that needed to be used. You could also use:

  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

This recipe feeds 8 people. We only have 5 people in our household, but I always make extra to heat for lunch the next day.

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Cellentani with Salmon and Sundried Tomatoes
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Cellentani pasta with salmon, sundried tomato pesto, and green beans.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 people
Author: Tonya Staab
Ingredients
  • 1 box Barilla cellentani pasta
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs salmon
  • 1 jar sundried tomato pesto
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 large white onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • fresh dill garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F.

  2. Bring water to boil in a large pot.

  3. While the oven is heating and the water is coming to a boil, prepare your onion, garlic, and beans.

  4. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, place the salmon skin side down and season with salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes (until flaky).

  5. Add the pasta and green beans to the pot of water and boil until the pasta is cooked (approximately 11 minutes). Then strain the water and rinse to stop the pasta from cooking.

  6. In a large skillet add the tablespoon of olive oil along with a little of the oil from the sundried tomatoes. Once hot, add the onion and garlic to the pan and stir occasionally until the onion is translucent.

  7. Add the sundried tomatoes, vegetable stock, and pesto and continue stirring until heated through.

  8. Gradually add the pasta with green beans and toss lightly until coated with the mixture.

  9. Fold in pieces of the flaked salmon.

  10. Garnish with fresh dill and serve immediately.

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