Easy Artisan Farfalle Pasta with Smoked Salmon in Cream Sauce











Whip up an elegant, effortlessly chic Smoked Salmon Farfalle with Cream Sauce in under 45 minutes. This dish pairs the rich flavors of smoked salmon with a silky cream sauce, creating a gourmet meal that's sure to impress.


Step 1: Cooking Pasta

Begin your gourmet adventure by cooking the artisan farfalle pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, then carefully add your pasta. Cook it al dente according to the package instructions, usually about 7 minutes, to achieve that perfect bite. Once done, drain and set it aside, keeping a bit of the starchy water for later to help thicken our sauce if needed.
Pro Tip: Reserving a cup of pasta water can help adjust the sauce consistency.

Step 2: Sauté Shallots

In a large saute pan, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped shallots and sauté until they become translucent and soft, about 2 minutes. This base will give our creamy sauce a hint of sweetness and depth, forming the perfect backdrop for the bolder flavors of pesto and sun-dried tomatoes we'll add later.
Pro Tip: Cooking shallots until just transparent ensures they don't overpower the sauce.

Step 3: Developing the Sauce

To the sautéed shallots, pour in the dry white wine and chicken broth, letting it simmer gently. The mixture should reduce slightly over 3-4 minutes, concentrating the flavors. Then, stir in the pesto and chopped sun-dried tomatoes, creating a rich, colorful foundation for the cream sauce. This step infuses the sauce with a robust, tangy-sweet essence that complements the smoked salmon perfectly.
Pro Tip: Let the wine reduce to cook off the alcohol, intensifying the flavor.

Step 4: Adding the Salmon and Cream

With the base of our sauce ready, it's time to introduce the star ingredients. Gently fold in the flaked smoked salmon, letting its smoky richness permeate the sauce. Pour in the cream and allow the sauce to heat through without boiling, about 1-2 minutes, which will thicken it to a velvety consistency, enveloping every ingredient in creamy luxury. This step marries the smoky fish with the creamy sauce, ensuring every bite is a harmonious blend of flavors.
Pro Tip: Avoid boiling once cream is added to prevent the sauce from separating.

Step 5: Plating Your Masterpiece

To serve, lay a foundation of the drained, cooked farfalle on each plate. Spoon the creamy salmon sauce generously over the pasta, ensuring a good balance of salmon, tomatoes, and sauce in every serving. The final dish is a feast for the eyes and the palate, ready to transport you and your dining companion to a world of refined flavors with every forkful.
Pro Tip: Garnishing with a sprinkle of fresh herbs can add color and freshness.