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Smoked Salmon Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce

November 26, 2017 (Last updated April 23, 2020) · Nicole Triebe

I can’t wait to tell you all about this decadent smoked salmon pasta with lemon cream sauce, but first things first.  I’m starting year 35 off with a huge bang.  Are you ready for this?!?  ……

I’ve gone full time with Windy City Dinner Fairy!  I’m not sure if you were even aware I had a day job, but for the last four years, I’ve been an insurance underwriter.  Before that, a paralegal.  Windy City Dinner Fairy has always been a side hustle.  I never in my wildest dreams thought that I could ever be successful enough to make it to full time.  Luckily, I have an incredibly supportive wife, and after a little bit of a crazy year (what with all the health issues, brain surgery, etc) I decided that I needed to stop and prioritize some things.  And after some serious thinking, and a “business brunch” with the boss (otherwise known as Allison), we decided that I would start out year 35 as my own boss.

Holy crap.

I can hardly believe it.  It’s so scary and so exciting all at the same time, and I can’t thank all of my loyal followers and readers for all of your support through the last six years.  I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.

To celebrate, I popped some bubbly (duh) and made this insane smoked salmon pasta dish to pair it with.  Holy yum.  So much goodness in here. We’re talking capers, dill, rich smoked salmon and lemony goodness.  I am a sucker for anything lemon and I could put capers in EVERYTHING!

I don’t know a lot about wine pairings, but I’m always willing to learn.  And let’s be honest, when class is THIS delicious, I’ll take a lesson any time!

Taittinger makes the most delicious rosé, and who can resist that beautiful color?!? I wanted something that cut through the rich layers of the salmon and allowed those unique flavors to shine.  This rosé was just the wine to do that.


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Smoked Salmon Spaghetti with Lemon Cream Sauce

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  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes



Serves 2

What you need:

1/8 cup capers

Olive oil for frying

8 oz linguine or spaghetti

1 tbl butter

3 tbl olive oil

1 small shallot, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup of dry white wine

1/4 cup cream

1 tbl lemon juice

1 tbl lemon zest

Red onion, sliced thinly

Fresh dill

4 oz smoked salmon, torn into pieces

Salt and pepper

Red pepper flakes


To make the crispy capers, heat a pan with just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Once the oil is hot,

toss in your capers and for 2 to 3 minutes, until they split and are crispy.

Boil a large pot of salted water on the stove for pasta.  Cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente.  Set aside 1 cup of the pasta water for later.

While the water is boiling, in a large sauté pan, heat 1 tbl butter and 2 tbl olive oil and add the shallot and garlic.  Cook for a 2 minutes, making sure not to burn.  Add white wine, lemon juice and zest.  Add cream and red pepper flakes and let simmer until it’s reduced, about 8 minutes.  Add pasta and toss to coat.  Add the pasta water to the pan to create a thin sauce to coat all the noodles.  Turn off the heat and toss in smoked salmon.  Garnish with crispy capers, sliced red onion and dill.


Pair with Taittinger Cuvee Prestige Rose for the perfect meal.  The bright acidity of the Rose will cuts through the rich, oily layers of the fish allowing unique preparation styles, spices, and seasonings to shine through the palate structure.

If you loved this recipe, check out my chicken piccata or my oven roasted tomato quinoa with spicy sausage.
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  • Reply Amy Rueffer February 9, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    I have made this one multiple times, it is one of my favorite dinner dairy recipes! Nicole was so helpful to suggest some other protein options that would work too because my husband isn’t a huge salmon fan. It’s amazing as posted as well as with other protein choices! ♥️

    • Reply Nicole Triebe February 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      This makes me so happy! Thanks for your note 🙂

  • Reply John Triebe March 10, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Oh my, was this a great dish and so easy to prepare as well. We loved it.????

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