Creamy Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes


In this creamy salmon pasta recipe, sun-dried tomatoes are used in two ways. The flavorful oil is used to sauté shallots, while the tomatoes get added to the cream sauce.

Creamy Salmon Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 pound whole-wheat rigatoni

  • ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons oil from the jar (or 2 tablespoons olive oil), divided

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • ½ cup unsalted chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves

  • 12 ounces cooked salmon or canned salmon, flaked into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


  1. Put a pot of water on to boil. Cook pasta according to package directions to 1 minute before al dente; drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat sun-dried tomato oil (or olive oil) in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the shallot is translucent, about 1 minute. Add sun-dried tomatoes, half-and-half, broth and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced slightly, 5 to 7 minutes.

  3. Add the pasta to the tomato mixture in the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to evenly coat the pasta, for 2 minutes. Stir in basil. Remove from heat. Gently fold in salmon and lemon juice. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

458 Calories
14g Fat
60g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 458
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Vitamin A 925IU 19%
Sodium 462mg 20%
Potassium 867mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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