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A plate of salmon pasta with fresh basil and lemon wedges.

Light Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Get into summer full swing with this light lemon garlic pasta with salmon. Full of fresh, summer flavors!


Units Scale
  • 16 oz. rigatoni/pasta
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. salmon fillet
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper to taste and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and toss with garlic, olive oil, basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add lemon juice, zest and capers to the pasta and toss to mix.
  5. Flake the salmon into bite-size pieces.
  6. Gently toss salmon with the pasta.
  7. Dish and serve hot topped with freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese.


If the pasta feels too dry when reheating leftovers, add more olive oil after heating it up.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins