Smoked Salmon Pasta Carbonara

by Mary on May 25, 2012

pasta with peas, basil, and smoked salmon, on a dinner plate

smoked salmon pasta carbonara

I’ve turned a dish that usually includes bacon- pasta carbonara- into a smoked salmon pasta carbonara. Being me I also had to add some herbs and veggies.

Last winter I stocked up on Kasilof wild Alaska smoked salmon. It’s a great last-minute potluck item to bring to a party and the Alaska salmon fishery is sustainable and well-managed. Now it’s spring and the salmon are running again. Time to pull out last season’s smoked salmon and make something good.

ingredients for smoked salmon carbonara pasta

everything ready to make smoked salmon carbonara pasta

To make this vegetarian I’d use tempeh– there actually is smoked bacon-flavored tempeh, though I’d probably use plain tempeh and add smoke flavor myself. Of course there’s always veggie fake bacon, though I haven’t found one as natural as I would like.

two pans of smoked salmon

white pasta for the teen, brown rice pasta for the adults

Smoked Salmon Pasta Carbonara
A lighter, non-dairy pasta carbonara with smoked salmon instead of bacon.
Recipe type: main
Serves: 3
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped chives
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 free range eggs, cracked, yolks and whites whisked together. If pasteurized eggs are available, they are preferred for this recipe.
  • 1 lb. pasta, wheat or gluten-free
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup hot cooking water from the pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. smoked wild Alaskan salmon, crumbled into small pieces (I used Kasilof)
  1. Prepare ingredients. Chop basil, chives, garlic. Break eggs and whisk in a bowl.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a large pot and begin to cook pasta.
  3. In a large, shallow pan, cook garlic in olive oil, keeping heat on the lower side to avoid burning the garlic.
  4. When pasta is halfway done, add frozen peas.
  5. When pasta is al dente, take a little water from the pot and quickly whisk it into to the bowl of eggs. In theory, this will keep the eggs from scrambling later when you add them to the hot cooked pasta.
  6. Drain the pasta/pea mixture.
  7. Add pasta/pea mixture to the pan with the hot olive oil/garlic mixture, stir with heat still on for a couple of minutes. Add the salmon near the end and stir it a little to get it warm.
  8. Add basil, chives, and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Turn off heat.
  10. I'm giving two methods for adding the eggs. The first is to add the egg mixture to the pan, stirring it into the hot pasta. The eggs will cook with the warmth of the hot pasta and pan. In theory, they will not turn into scrambled eggs. In practice, I have worried about egg safety and continued stirring for several minutes, and during that time some bits of defined cooked egg have developed. None of my diners has minded that. If you wish to avoid that, stir the eggs in for only a short time. Pasteurized eggs would allow you to do this without worry about the egg safety (pasteurized eggs are rarely available in my local markets, but may be more available in your area).
  11. The second method is to heat a large bowl by adding warm water to it. When the pasta mixture is ready, pour the hot water out of the bowl, discarding it. Add the pasta mixture to the warm bowl and stir. This works better for avoiding scrambling the eggs.
  12. Serve hot.


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

TastefullyJulie May 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

What a great idea! I love carbonara but bacon, not so much. I hope you will come and share this on my blog hop!


mary May 29, 2012 at 5:59 am

Sure! That may be the last recipe with good pictures I have to share for a while– it will take about two weeks until I get our Nikon back from the shop.


mary June 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

OK, I have finally shared it on your more recent blog hop now that I know seafood is OK on it:


Mireya May 29, 2012 at 3:22 am

Great. This sounds like a healthier version of pasta carbonara.
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Ivy May 30, 2012 at 5:12 am

Great recipe. I avoid bacon because it is fatty but love salmon and it is much healthier. Glad you enjoyed lagana bread.
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OneMommy May 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I am thinking my husband would devour this meal – he loves Salmon and he loves pasta…. I might just need to try this one out!
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