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Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

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If you’re looking for a way to eat more salmon, this cheesy salmon pasta with spinach and mushrooms is a delicious way to make that goal!

quick and easy salmon pasta recipe

Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach

I’m always looking for ways I can sneak in a bit of salmon to get my pickier eaters a serving of heart healthy omega three fatty acids. I like to find creative ways for everyone in my family of six to get more salmon without having to dish out $50 for dinner for us all. My family really enjoys this versatile salmon recipe, and yours will too! 

This Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms is a wonderfully delicious and frugal way to eat more salmon.

Not only is this pasta delicious, it also cooks up in a jiffy. Cooking salmon is actually really easy and this entire meal can be on the table in under 30 minutes.. So read on and be inspired to try something new tonight!

What’s the best type of salmon to use in this recipe?

I always recommend that you buy wild caught Alaska Sock-eye salmon whenever possible. It’s a little more expensive than farmed salmon, the health benefits are significantly better. Farmed salmon has much more fat that wild-caught salmon and it does not have the beneficial ratio between healthy Omega 3s and bad Omega 6s that are so good in wild-caught either. Read more about the differences here.

plated salmon pasta recipe


Sitka Salmon

I have found wild-caught salmon at both Costco and Aldi, I’ve bought it from Butcher Box, and most recently I was sent some Sitka Salmon to try out. Normally, I’m skeptical of the home delivery foods (I’m not sure why – we buy plenty from Amazon). But the Sitka Salmon was really nice. I appreciate the attention to the packaging too.

sitka salmon share

It included a recyclable plastic liner, compostable foam – just put it in your home compost and watch it disappear! If you don’t have a compost heap, simply dissolve the foam in water and you have a nutritious food to feed your plants! How awesome is that?

Additionally, the salmon is first rate. It’s wild-caught, just the way I like it. It’s traceable to fishermen who are paid an above average salary for their work, and the company purchases carbon offsets and promotes small-scale fisheries and conservation in Alaska too. Finally a salmon I can feel good about having shipped right to my door!

The good people at Sitka Salmon would like to give you $25 off one of their Premium Sitka Seafood Shares. Just click on my link and use SITKASOCIAL. This code is good through March 15, 2020 so don’t delay trying it out!

cook the veggies and the salmon

What type of vegetables can I use in this pasta?

That’s up to you! We really like the combo of spinach and mushrooms. If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to leave them out. Broccoli and zucchini are also great in this delicious salmon pasta.

banza pasta

How about the pasta?

You can use whatever typs of past floats your boat. I like the organic pasta I buy at Costco, but if you’re gluten-free, Aldi has a great option for you. If you’re on a low-carb diet, I have an option for you too! We recently tried a high protein pasta made from chickpeas called Banza Pasta that is quite tasty too! It has 25 g of protein and 13 g of fiber per serving! 

delicious salmon pasta

How to Make Cheesy Salmon Pasta Recipe

Gather your ingredients, and boil a big pot of salted water for cooking your pasta. When the water is boiling, add pasta and cook according to package instructions. I like my pasta a little al dente, so I don’t usually cook it as long as the package says. Drain, and reserve pasta for later.

While the pasta is cook, heat butter or oil over medium heat in a large pot. I love my 7 1/4  qt, oven proof Le Creuset Dutch Oven, by the way. It was expensive but worth every penny!

Once the butter is melted, salt and pepper salmon fillets, then cook skin side down for 3-4 minutes. Flip salmon and cook for 3-4 more minutes. The skin should be crispy and easy to peel off after you flip it, so peel that skin off. 

If you need another tablespoon of butter, or olive oil if you prefer, add it now. Then add diced onions and sliced mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent. Add garlic and cook another 1 -2 minutes. Put the salmon back in the pot

Take off the skin from the salmon, and using your spatula, break it into small pieces. Also add spinach and mushrooms, cook for 2-3 minutes, until everything is cooked through. {By the way, I’ve found that by chopping my spinach up very small, I can claim it’s an herb, and my picky eaters don’t even notice it. If I didn’t have picky eaters, I would not chop it so small.}  By now, your pasta should be finished cooking and you can add it to the pot with the veggies and the salmon.

Reduce heat to low. Add two cups of shredded cheese and stir until melted. You should end up with an ooey-goey delightful pasta. Remove from heat and top with the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste. 

Grab a fork and dig in! I think this dish is so tasty, I don’t even need to bother with a plate. 😉

Want the printable recipe? Here you go!

Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach

Cheesy Salmon Pasta with Mushrooms & Spinach

Quick and easy pasta recipe and a great way to stretch salmon so everyone in your family can have a serving without breaking the bank.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pasta
  • 12 ounces salmon {preferably wild caught from Alaska}
  • 2 tablespoons butter, split
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped small if you're feeding picky eaters
  • 6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups shredded cheese {I used a combo of French Comte & sharp white cheddar}
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat one tablespoon butter over medium heat in a pan big enough to accommodate the finished dish.
  3. Add the salmon skin side down and cook for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Once flipped, remove the skin from the salmon and discard.
  4. Add another tablespoon butter if needed, then cook the onions and mushrooms for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add the 2 cups shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from heat, add Parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Enjoy!

    Notes

    I recommend wild-caught Alaska salmon in all my salmon recipes. Feel free to experiment with veggies based on your preference.

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 612mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 35g
    Nutritional data is not always correct.

    What’s your favorite way to eat salmon?

    salmon pasta with mushrooms and spinach

    If you’d like more salmon recipe inspiration, here you go!

    Salmon Street Tacos

    Greek Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

    Creamy Salmon Pasta with Lemon Caper Cream Sauce

    10 Minute Greek Salmon Salad

    And don’t forget to save $25 on your first salmon order today!

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    About Michelle

    Michelle Marine is green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.

    Comments

    1. felicia | Dish by Dish says

      Michelle! This looks absolutely mouth-watering! So glad to have found you on the Enjoying Yummy Recipes group! I haven’t had pasta in a while… and the addition of salmon sounds amazing!

      Love from Buenos Aires,
      felicia

    2. Cydnee says

      What a great recipe! So comforting. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

    3. Rhin says

      I am rating it 4 stars because I would really have liked a little more detail on the types of cheese that should be used. Since I only had Mozzarella, I used that and it became too heavy. I think the mozzarella would have worked if it was only 1 cup instead of 2.

      Otherwise, the pasta is good. The taste of salmon is very strong so be careful when serving to someone not used to western food (my Korean boyfriend was not a fan). I also used fettuccine noodles and added some red bell pepper.

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