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Penne with Cream, Smoked Salmon, and Chives


This is a rich and satisfying supper with wonderful flavors.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, May 2010


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 12 ounces penne rigate or other short pasta
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add shallot; season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add wine and cook until evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add cream; bring to a boil. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot. Add cream mixture to pasta pot, along with lemon juice, smoked salmon, and chives. If necessary, adjust consistency with reserved pasta water and season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

Taste this dish before adding more salt, as some smoked salmon can be very salty.

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  • 1mama23
    2 MAR, 2011
    Made this tonight--delicious! Used the suggestion below and used RF cream chz and milk instead of cream. Added in a couple of handfuls of fresh baby spinach. It's a keeper!
  • megsplegs
    14 FEB, 2011
    Adricha~ try substituting 4oz. reduced fat cream cheese and 1/2 cup 2% milk for the heavy cream. this gives the dish it's creaminess but cuts out a significant amount of fat.
  • Adricha
    14 FEB, 2011
    I'd love to try this recipe, but can I switch the heavy cream for something lighter?