Smoked salmon carbonara

Smoked salmon carbonara

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 5 mins


Serves 2
If you've got leftover smoked salmon trimmings, use them up in this creamy, indulgent pasta dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal961
  • fat57g
  • saturates29g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein41g
  • salt3.39g
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  • 200g quick-cook spaghetti
  • 1 tsp butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 150ml double cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 3 tbsp freshly grated parmesan



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 120g pack smoked salmon trimmings
  • ½ small bunch chives, snipped


  1. Cook the spaghetti. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pan, add the garlic and gently sizzle for 1 min. Remove from the heat.

  2. Lightly beat the cream, eggs, softened garlic and half the Parmesan in a bowl. Stir in the smoked salmon trimmings.

  3. Drain the pasta well and return to the pan. Add the salmon mixture and the chives, then toss well so the heat from the pasta lightly thickens the sauce. Serve scattered with the remaining Parmesan and plenty of black pepper.

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14th Mar, 2017
Very tasty and easy to make. Husband loved it and he's not a big pasta fan. Added loads of black pepper.
Bill Richard
25th Oct, 2015
It wouldn't be fair for me to judge this recipe as written. But I loved the idea of using smoked salmon instead of pancetta or bacon. Traditional carbonara doesn't use cream and it doesn't really need it. So I left out the cream entirely and even substituted olive oil for butter (though using smaller amounts of both would be quite nice). This also had the side benefit of making the dish more healthy. I also added lemon zest and some tarragon (next time I may add a spoonful of lemon juice as well). If not using cream, a trick is to reserve a small amount of the pasta water to add a bit at a time if the pasta gets too dry or sticky when tossing it with the beaten egg. Another tip: have the eggs at room temperature so that they cook appropriately when added to the hot pasta (this is especially true if one does use cream).
16th Aug, 2015
It was nice, but I have to say it was little bit bland. I didn't feel the garlic there at all. But will return to it once a while.
3rd Jul, 2015
Absolutely delicious!!! Doubled recipe but as I only had 200g of smoked salmon I was concerned it would be bland - not so! Fresh chives definitely give it a boost. Very quick & simple and will become a regular in our house!
18th Jun, 2015
Made this tonight with 150g of smoked salmon. Forgot to add the chives, but it was still delicious. Will definitely make again. So quick and easy. I'd almost go as far to say it was better than our normal traditional bacon carbonara!
3rd Jan, 2015
Had some smoked salmon leftover from Xmas, so I thought I would try this. Well I wasn't disappointed it was lovely, didn't have chives so I used chopped spring onions and tagliatelle instead of spaghetti. Will defiantly have this again, I agree with others that 150 g of smoked salmon is not enough.
9th Oct, 2014
Went down very well with the family. Based on previous comments I added more smoked salmon, & the juice & zest of a lemon. I also added a small amount of cooked broccoli. Will certainly be making it again.
14th May, 2014
There I was wondering if it was possible to substitute smoked salmon for bacon in a carbonara sauce when up popped this recipe. Thanks so much for posting. Added extra salmon as jule955 suggested and zest of a lemon too. Yummy!
12th Mar, 2014
Lovely, but I thought it needed a bit more salmon.
1st Jan, 2014
Such a simple way to do pasta. I used multicoloured Christmas shapes pasta (!) so it didn't look too bland and it tasted delicious.


4th Oct, 2019
How long do you heat the egg mixture through for?
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6th Oct, 2019
Thanks for your question. You only need to heat it through until lightly thickened, 2 - 4 mins will be sufficient.
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