Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon, Capers, Cream Cheese & Dill



All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012

This is another recipe born out of a desire to use up stuff I already had in my fridge.  Primarily, I had a huge chunk of smoked salmon & I didn’t want it to go bad.  So – I made up this recipe.  The measurements are approximates.  Feel free to adjust them to your own tastes.  I will say – this produced an EASY and rich & creamy entree that tasted so much better than I hoped – I will definitely make it again – for guests.  I don’t need a full pound of creamy pasta leftovers in my fridge.  Nobody with thighs does.


Smoked Salmon, Capers & Cream Cheese Pasta with Dill


1 lb pasta – your choice – or 4 servings homemade (

2 TBS olive oil

2 cloves garlic – sliced

2/3 cup dry white wine

8 oz package cream cheese – cut into cubes

1 cup half & half

1 cup (or more – for color) of tomato sauce.  I used my favorite ( and a few tablespoons of a homemade version I had leftover from my stromboli

10 oz (more or less – to your taste or budget) smoked salmon – chopped into bite-sized squares

3 TBS Fresh dill

1 tsp (or more if you like heat) crushed red pepper

4 TBS capers

salt & pepper to taste

extra dill for garnish


Heat the oil in a skillet & add the garlic.  After about a minute – add the white wine.  Beware – adding wine to hot oil will create a sputtering hot mess – so stand back.  Once this is boiling, add the cream cheese & stir constantly until it melts.  Add the half & half & tomato sauce & the crushed red pepper.  Blend well & then add the smoked salmon. Once this is well blended – stir in some fresh dill.  Once it seems creamy & blended – taste & add salt/pepper or more crushed red pepper – to your taste.  Reduced heat to low & simmer – stirring frequently – while you cook your pasta.

Cook your pasta according to directions.  Drain & put in a large bowl.  Add your sauce & stir well.  Serve on individual plates, adding capers & fresh dill as garnish on each plate.

This stuff is dangerously delicious.  Enjoy!!!

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