Lemony smoked salmon & spinach tagliatelle

Lemony smoked salmon & spinach tagliatelle

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 1
Reader Rachel May shares her speedy recipe for silky pasta with greens, zesty lemon, basil and cream cheese

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal756
  • fat45g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein35g
  • salt4.4g
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  • 100g tagliatelle
  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 50g spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…

  • 75g cream cheese
  • zest and juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 75g smoked salmon, sliced
  • small handful basil, finely chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Cook the pasta following pack instructions. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the garlic for 1-2 mins until softened. Add the spinach and continue to cook until just wilted. Stir through the cream cheese, lemon zest juice and, and some black pepper.

  2. Drain the pasta but reserve a few spoonfuls of the cooking water. Add the salmon, basil and pasta to the sauce, along with the cooking water to loosen it a little. Toss together and season with more pepper, to taste, before serving.

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30th Jul, 2018
Certainly a keeper, but would agree with the other comments to reduce the amount of lemon.
Oana Gabi
8th Jan, 2018
Very nice recipe (revisited several times now), although I cannot vouch that I added as much lemon as stated; I loved it as such, and I also tried the cherry tomato addition found below in the comments - very tasty.
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25th Aug, 2016
Followed the recipe but it turned out very dry and did not coat the tagliatelle well. I added some natural yoghurt and a little more lemon and garlic. It was then a really enjoyable meal. We had courgettes as a side accompaniment and this worked very well. I would definitely make this again, the basic recipe is a good start for many dishes, just needs to be a little more saucy!!
18th May, 2016
Really quick and very tasty! A touch too much lemon for my liking but my wooden reamer is really effective. I added some pine nits for crunch, which was a good addition.
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12th Jun, 2014
A delicious, light supper, perfect for the summer months. I used Light Philadelphia to lower the calories and had some cherry tomatoes left over so halved them and stirred them in near the end - they were warmed through but kept their shape. Delightful!
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1st Jul, 2020
I had some smoked salmon to use up and I found this recipe. It’s simple but I used broccoli instead of spinach and I also added some butter to make it a bit creamier. It was delicious And very quick and easy to make! Good find!
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