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One Pot Spinach & Salmon Pasta

This creamy spinach and salmon pasta only takes 15 minutes to cook. With fresh spinach, a sprinkle of Parmesan and tender salmon, this convenient one pot pasta dish is a taste sensation that doesn't require much cleaning up after.

salmon and spinach pasta

The beauty of this pasta dish, is that the pasta is cooked in the same pan as the rest of the ingredients. Which means, the starch in the pasta stays in the dish, which gives it the most incredible flavour.

This recipe is perfect for a date night or a special dinner at home. It has become my go-to dish for Valentine's Day for the last three years and it's my husband's absolute favourite meal with a glass of white wine. You don't need to save this for a special occasion though. It's fast an easy enough to make for a normal weeknight, too!

spinach and salmon pasta in a bowl

Nutritionally, this meal is a powerhouse. Salmon is high in protein at 25 grams per serving and is a great source of omega-3 fats, which has anti-inflammatory properties to support a healthy heart and brain. Spinach is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, folate, and potassium. These nutrients play a role in lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, better memory, higher energy levels and maintaining healthy skin.

Here's a peek behind the scenes at this dish being made, which hopefully shows you how quickly you can make this in your own kitchen.

Looking for a vegan option? Use a plant-based cream cheese and replace the Parmesan cheese with your favourite shredded vegan cheese.


Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

One Pot Pasta Ingredients

• 10.6 oz. (300g) salmon filets

• 1 oz. (30g) spinach leaves

• 1 red onion, diced

• 5.3 oz. (150g) cherry tomatoes

• 5.3 oz. (150g) herb cream cheese

• 2 tbsp. olive oil

• 1 lemon, sliced

• 5 fl oz. (150ml) oat cream

• 5.3 oz. (150g) pasta

• 3½ tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

• Sea salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C). Arrange the salmon filets in a baking dish and surround with spinach leaves, diced red onion and cherry tomatoes.

2. Add spoons of herb cream cheese over the salmon and vegetables and drizzle with olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then top with lemon slices.

3. Pour the cream evenly over everything in the baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.

4. While the salmon is baking, cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Reserve some of the pasta cooking water.

5. Once the salmon and vegetables are cooked, carefully break the salmon into chunks (if desired) and mix it with the baked vegetables. Add the cooked pasta and a splash of the reserved pasta water to achieve the desired consistency of sauce.

6. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese over the top.

Note: Adjust the amount of pasta water added to the dish to ensure the sauce evenly coats the pasta without being too thick or too thin.


Per serving equals:

496 kcal

28g Fats

36g Carbs

25g Protein

2g Fibre


And there you have it. A quick and satisfying recipe that is:

  • Easy to make with very little prep

  • Deliciously loaded with flavour and healthy ingredients so you can enjoy guilt-free

  • Simple to whip up for busy weeknights

  • Fancy enough for date nights and dinner parties

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