Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Pesto Recipe

Blake Royer

When I planted a seedling of basil in my window box a couple months ago, I expected a few leaves to garnish some homemade pizza, tuck between slices of tomato, and, by the end of summer, perhaps eek out a little batch of pesto to dress an afternoon snack. But man, basil just grows; in a matter of weeks it's grown to ten times its original size and blessed me with more than one batch of pesto already.

As much as I love the simplicity of homemade pesto with al dente pasta, I found myself with a piece of wild salmon and fresh peas the other day and set out to make it into dinner. While cream would be an obvious choice for saucing the pasta, I turned to yogurt instead, building off this previous Dinner Tonight recipe. Turns out the addition of pesto into the yogurt--which is thinned with a little vegetable stock and clings to the pasta beautifully--is an unexpected but wonderful twist. It adds a lovely tang and makes the dish just that much richer than pesto alone.

Recipe Facts

Cook: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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  • 1 pound dried tagliatelle, or 1 1/2 pounds fresh

  • 1 pound salmon fillet

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup vegetable stock

  • 4 tablespoons pesto

  • 1/2 pound frozen or fresh peas

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a pot of salty water to boil. Cook the pasta until al dente if dried, tender if fresh.

  2. Meanwhile, in a second skillet or small pot, bring the stock to a boil and add the peas. Cook until the peas are tender, longer if fresh. Stir in the pesto and season with salt and pepper.

  3. In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then cook the salmon skin-side up until 3/4 cooked through. Flip and finish cooking. The skin should remove easily from the fish. Discard the skin and flake the salmon gently.

  4. Drain the pasta and return to its cooking pot. Add the yogurt along with the pea and pesto mixture and the chopped parsley. Toss well to combine, then stir in the salmon chunks. Divide into bowls and serve immediately with fresh black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
16g Fat
37g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 11mg 57%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 446mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)