Creamy Rotini and Salmon

This impressive recipe combines pasta and baked salmon into a creamy one-dish meal. Parmesan cheese and toasted walnuts make the perfect toppers.

Creamy Rotini and Salmon
Servings: 6 Prep 10 mins Bake 450°F 12 mins Cook 15 mins


  • 1/2 pound salmon fillet (1 piece)
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce box omega-3-enriched rotini pasta (such as Barilla)
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 10 ounce box frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

Make It

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees . Coat a small baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add salmon to pan and bake at 450 degrees for 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Keep warm.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta following package directions. Drain and return to pot.

3. While pasta is cooking, whisk together half-and-half, cornstarch, salt, nutmeg and cayenne. Place in medium-size saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 1 minute until sauce thickens. Add peas and simmer for an additional minute, until peas are heated through. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

4. Stir sauce into drained pasta. Remove skin from salmon and discard. Flake salmon into bite-size pieces and gently stir into pasta. Top with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the nuts and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 479, Fat, total (g): 11, chol. (mg): 30, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 63, fiber (g): 8, pro. (g): 29, sodium (mg): 359, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.