Want something extra comforting for dinner? Canned salmon and pasta is always a hit.
Canned salmon is a versatile and affordable seafood option that can be used in a variety of pasta recipes. Canned salmon and pasta are perfect for weeknight meals because they’re quick, easy, and affordable.
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1. Garlic and Parsley Canned Salmon Spaghetti
I always keep canned salmon in my pantry for when it’s hard to decide what to eat! It’s a satisfying and easy meal.
This quick and tasty pasta dish is made with everyday ingredients. It’s ready in about 20 minutes, and you can change the recipe to your liking by adding or subtracting certain ingredients.
2. Canned Salmon Fettucine Alfredo
This canned salmon fettuccine Alfredo is a creamy and delicious pasta dish that is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
The canned salmon provides a boost of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while the fettuccine Alfredo is rich and creamy.
This dish can be on the table in just 30 minutes, making it a great option for busy weeknights.
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3. Lemon-Butter Salmon Pasta
This elegant lemon-buttered noodles turns into something hearty when you add baked salmon and a cream sauce. Using canned salmon make it come together in a flash!
4. Cheesy Canned Salmon Spaghetti Casserole
This canned salmon pasta recipe proves it’s the best fish in the sea. This dish is convenient, and you don’t have to worry about bones. The canning process makes them safe to eat as the filet itself.
5. Green Canned Salmon Spaghetti
Eat more veggies with this healthy pasta and canned salmon recipe. Add broccoli and spinach or any other greens you have on hand. This hearty, one-skillet meal is full of protein, veggies, and healthy fats.
6. Canned Salmon Pasta Casserole Recipe
A quick trip under the broiler gives this pasta bake a melty Parmesan. A little pasta, a little canned salmon. Let the oven do all the work. Perfect canned salmon casserole, every single time. This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal!
- 1 can (10 oz.) cream of celery soup
- 1/2 cup fat-free milk
- 2 cups yolk-free noodles, cooked
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 can (5 oz.) water-packed salmon
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 2 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- In a large bowl, combine soup and milk until smooth. Add the noodles, peas, salmon, and tomatoes; mix well.
- Pour into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25 minutes. Toss bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top. Bake 5 minutes longer or until golden brown.
Canned salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. You can use any type of pasta for this recipe, but I prefer to use whole wheat or high-protein pasta. This dish is also very versatile – you can add vegetables, such as spinach or broccoli, to make it even healthier.
7. Canned Salmon Chowder with Elbow Macaroni Recipe
Chow down. You can’t help but fill up on this creamy, cheesy salmon chowder. If you love salmon, then you will love this creamy pasta chowder recipe! This dish is so easy to make and only requires a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. The best part about this recipe is that it can be made in under 30 minutes, which makes it perfect for a weeknight meal.
- 2 cups chopped cauliflower
- 1 cup elbow macaroni
- 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
- 8 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- 4 cups 2% milk
- 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, skin and bones removed
- 1 package (9 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
- 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine cauliflower and water. Microwave, covered, on high for 4-5 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
- In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add celery and green onions; cook and stir until tender. Stir in flour, salt and dill until blended; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened.
- In a medium sized pot, separately cook elbow macaroni in water until tender for 15-20 minutes. Then drain water.
- Stir in salmon, peas and cauliflower; heat through. Stir in cheeses until melted. Serve immediately.
Pretend you’re on Cape Cod, wherever you actually are.
On the table in 30 minutes or less.
8. Canned Salmon Alfredo Casserole Recipe
Tuna casserole is the ultimate in comfort food—but when it’s made with salmon and updated with some pesto and fancy pasta, it’s also fun to make (and eat)!
Not including the salt for the pasta water or the cooking spray (these are really pantry items), this five-ingredient salmon Alfredo casserole recipe is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight.
Let the oven do all the work.
- Kosher salt
- 3 cups mafalda, mostaccioli, or penne pasta
- 1 (10-ounce) container refrigerated cheese or Alfredo sauce
- 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade basil pesto
- 12 ounces canned salmon, drained and chopped
- Cooking spray
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil.
- Cook the pasta according to directions, taking one minute off the cooking time. When the pasta is almost al dente, drain well.
- Meanwhile, combine Alfredo sauce and the pesto in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Add the cooked pasta and salmon, mixing gently.
- Pour the salmon mixture into a greased 2-quart glass baking dish and top with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is hot.
9. Canned Salmon Tortellini Gratin Recipe
Tortellini at its finest. Canned salmon dinner has never been easier!
If you’re looking for a quick and easy meal that’s packed with flavor, this tortellini canned salmon pasta recipe is a great option. You can add additional vegetables to the dish if you’d like, such as peas or spinach. If you’re looking for an even creamier sauce, you could try adding mozzarella cheese.
- 1(9-oz.) pkg. refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
- 1 1/2cups frozen broccoli florets, large pieces cut up
- 1(10-oz.) container refrigerated light Alfredo sauce
- 1(5-oz.) can water-packed salmon, drained, flaked
- 1tablespoon butter, melted
- 1/4cup Progresso™ Italian Style Bread Crumbs
- Cook tortellini to desired doneness as directed on package, adding broccoli during last 4 minutes of cooking time. Drain; return to saucepan.
- Add Alfredo sauce and salmon; mix well. Cook and stir over medium heat until thoroughly heated. Spoon into ungreased shallow 1-quart casserole or gratin dish. In small bowl, combine butter and crumbs; mix well. Sprinkle over top.
- Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
The best way to eat salmon.
10. Canned Salmon Macaroni Salad
Salmon Macaroni Salad is economical and feeds many. This classic pasta salad idea really is an entire meal in one! Canned salmon pasta is a no-brainer weeknight win.
11. Spicy Canned Salmon Spaghetti Recipe
This spicy canned salmon spaghetti recipe is a healthy and easy weeknight meal the whole family will love! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and is packed with protein and flavor. And the best part? It’s all made in one pot!
- 1 (14.75 oz) can of salmon
- 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/2 a yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup of white wine
- 1/2 a lemon, juiced
- 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 (16 oz) box of spaghetti pasta
- Start by heating a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Then, drain and rinse the canned salmon. Flake the salmon into small pieces with a fork and set it aside.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until both are softened, stirring occasionally.
- Raise the heat to medium and add the canned salmon to the pan. Heat for about 1 minute. Stir in the white wine and lemon juice and bring everything to a simmer. Season with salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Add more or less depending on how spicy you want it!
- Finally, add the pasta to the pan and toss everything together until coated in sauce. Serve hot with some chopped parsley on top for garnish. Enjoy!
This recipe is also very versatile, so feel free to experiment with different add-ins and types of pasta (like penne). Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner or a hearty dish to take to a potluck, this canned salmon pasta recipe is sure to please.
Tips for cooking with canned salmon
When it comes to cooking with canned salmon, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- First, be sure to drain and rinse the salmon before cooking with it. This will help to remove any excess salt or water that may be in the can.
- Secondly, consider adding some fresh herbs or spices to the salmon before cooking to give it an extra boost of flavor.
- Finally, make sure not to overcook the salmon. Canned salmon is already cooked, so you just need to heat it through.
12. Easy Creamy Lemon Canned Salmon Pasta Recipe
This delicious, creamy lemon canned salmon pasta recipe is an easy and healthy weeknight meal the whole family will love! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this pasta dish is packed with protein and flavor. Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes!
- To start, simply cook a box of angel hair pasta according to the package instructions. Optional: add broccoli rabe to the pasta while cooking.
- While the pasta is cooking, drain a can of salmon and flake the fish with a fork.
- Once the pasta is cooked, add it to a large bowl along with the salmon, some lemon juice, and some chopped parsley.
- Give everything a good mix and then season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Canned salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are essential for a healthy diet. This recipe is also versatile – you can swap out the pasta for another type of noodle or add in some vegetables to bulk it up.
13. Sriracha Canned Salmon Fusilli Salad
This salad is a fun, easy and healthy way to enjoy canned salmon! The combination of Sriracha and canned salmon gives this dish a nice zing, while the fusilli provides some texture and heartiness. This salad can be served as a main course or as a side dish. It’s perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.
- 1 can of canned salmon
- 1/2 cup of fusilli pasta
- 1/4 cup of diced celery
- 1/4 cup of diced red onion
- 1/4 cup of diced green bell pepper
- 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbsp. of Sriracha hot sauce
- 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- This salad is easy to make and can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Start by cooking the fusilli according to the package directions. Once it is cooked, drain it and add it to a large bowl.
- Next, add in the canned salmon, diced tomatoes, olives, and shredded cheese. Give everything a good mix.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, Sriracha sauce, and garlic. Pour this over the salad and give it another mix.
- Serve the salad cold or at room temperature.
This dish is healthy, flavorful, and on your table in no time. This Sriracha canned salmon fusilli salad is sure to hit the spot.
If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, add in some cooked shrimp or scallops. For an even spicier dish, use hotter peppers in place of the bell pepper. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the Sriracha sauce – it’s what makes this dish so special!
14. Canned Salmon Lasagna Recipe
This canned salmon lasagna recipe is a delicious, easy, and budget-friendly meal that the whole family will love! It’s made with just a few simple ingredients, and it can be on the table in less than an hour. Whether you’re looking for a weeknight dinner option or something to take to a potluck, this lasagna is sure to please.
- 1 can of salmon
- 1 jar of pasta sauce
- 1 package of lasagna noodles
- 1 container of ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- In a large pot, cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add canned salmon and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
- To assemble the lasagna, spread 1/2 cup of the salmon sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange 6 cooked lasagna noodles on top of the sauce. Spread 1 cup of ricotta cheese over the noodles and top with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with a layer of noodles topped with the remaining salmon sauce and mozzarella cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
There are a few variations to this recipe that you can try. If you want a lighter version of this dish, you could use cottage cheese in place of the ricotta cheese. If you’re looking for a bit more of a flavor punch, you could add some sun-dried tomatoes or olives to the dish.
15. Easy Canned Salmon Pasta
Getting your omega-3s just got easier. The secret to this recipe is using canned salmon. If you haven’t experimented with canned salmon and creamy pasta yet, get ready. This recipe is much easier than cooking salmon filet—and cheaper to shop for. Plus kids love it!
16. Canned Salmon Puttanesca with Spaghetti Recipe
A new twist on the classic spaghetti we all know and love. This’ll be your new go-to.
- 425g canned salmon, well drained, flaked
- 100g fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old bread)
- 1 tbsp finely grated lemon rind
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh continental parsley, plus extra, to serve
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 5 anchovy fillets
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp drained baby capers
- 1/2-1 tsp dried chilli flakes, to taste
- 120g pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes
- 380g fresh spaghetti
- Select all ingredients
- Place the salmon, breadcrumbs, rind, egg and 2 tbs of the parsley in a bowl. Season and stir well to combine. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook salmon balls, turning, for 6-7 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a plate. Reduce heat to low. Add the anchovies to the pan and stir to break up. Add the garlic, capers and chilli. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until aromatic. Stir in olive and remaining parsley. Add the tomato. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add the salmon balls. Cook, covered, for 3-4 minutes or until warmed through. Season.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1⁄4 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta and 1 tbs cooking liquid to the saucepan over low heat.
- Add the salmon balls and sauce to the pasta. Cook, tossing gently, for 1-2 minutes or until combined, adding the remaining cooking liquid if needed. Sprinkle with the extra parsley before serving.
17. Canned Salmon Garlic Linguine Recipe
Garlic and linguine are a dream team. This garlic-seasoned recipe calls for handy pantry ingredients, including pasta and canned salmon. Serve it with asparagus.
Dinner’s ready table in 20 minutes or less.
- 1 package (16 ounces) linguine
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (14-3/4 ounces) salmon, drained, bones and skin removed
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Cook linguine according to package directions; drain.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat through. Add linguine; toss gently to combine.
This quick and easy canned salmon recipe is a weeknight dinner winner! It’s a budget-friendly meal that the whole family will love! If you’re looking for an easy salmon pasta recipe, this is the one for you! Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s ready in about 30 minutes.
18. Cheesy Salmon Pasta Casserole Recipe
This cheesy canned salmon pasta casserole recipe is a delicious and easy way to get your seafood fix. The dish comes together quickly, and the canned salmon makes it a budget-friendly option. Plus, the cheese adds a rich and savory flavor to the pasta. Whether you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal or want to impress your dinner guests, this recipe is sure to please.
- 3 cups egg noodles
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 2/3 cup of frozen peas, thawed
- 1 5- to 6-ounce can of tuna, drained
- 10.5 ounces of condensed mushroom soup in a can
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- ½ cup cheddar
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- Get the oven ready at 425°F. Mix the ingredients for the topping and set them aside.
- Boil the noodles until they are “al dente,” as the package says. Drain and run cold water over it.
- In butter, cook the onion and celery until they are soft, about 5 to 7 minutes.
- Mix the noodles, the onion mixture, the peas, the soup, the milk, the cheese, the tuna, and the parsley in a large bowl. Blend well.
- Spread into a 2-quart casserole dish and top with a crumb topping.
- Bake for 18–20 minutes, or until bubbly.
19. Creamy Salmon Stuffed Shells Recipe
Dinner has never been easier! This creamy canned salmon pasta recipe is a perfect midweek meal that is easy to make and full of flavor. This dish can be on the table in under 30 minutes, making it perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
- 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
- 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, divided
- 2 cans (6 ounces each) salmon, drained
- 1 package (5 ounces) frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons plus 4 cups 2% milk, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet, saute green pepper and onion in 1 teaspoon butter until tender; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine salmon, shrimp, egg, mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning, pepper and green pepper mixture.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Drain and rinse pasta; stuff each shell with 1 rounded tablespoon of seafood mixture. Place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish.
- In a small saucepan, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and coarsely ground pepper; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese.
- Pour over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining seafood seasoning. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until bubbly.
This recipe is a fun and easy way to take your ordinary canned salmon to the next level. This dish can be enjoyed as a main course or a side.
20. Kale & Canned Salmon Caesar Salad Recipe
A canned salmon salad so flavorful and satisfying you’ll forget it all started with lettuce.
The combination of salmon, bacon, and avocado is unbelievable and the homemade creamy dressing completes the whole dish! Chicken cesars are over.
- 8 oz bowtie pasta
- 6 oz chopped kale
- 14 oz can salmon
- 2 large hard boiled eggs (optional)
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
- 1/2 cup (or to taste) creamy Caesar dressing
- Cook the bowtie pasta according to the package directions, then drain in a colander.
- Meanwhile, roughly chop the kale into small pieces, removing any large pieces of stem. Place the chopped kale in a bowl. Once the pasta is drained, add it to the kale and stir to let the residual heat slightly wilt the kale.
- Drain the canned salmon and remove the skin and bones (if included), breaking the meat into bite-sized chunks as you go. Peel and dice the hard boiled eggs.
- Add the salmon chunks, diced hard boiled eggs, and shredded Parmesan to the kale and pasta. Drizzle with Caesar dressing, then toss to coat everything in the dressing. Divide into four portions for meal-sized salads, or six smaller side-salad servings.
This delicious, canned salmon salad recipe is an easy and healthy weeknight meal the whole family will love! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this pasta dish is packed with protein and flavor. Plus, it comes together in just 30 minutes!
21. Canned Salmon Noodle Casserole
A quick and easy casserole that anyone can make. Takes less than 40 minutes so it’s perfect for any weeknight. It’s also very customizable if your kids don’t like green peppers. You could use frozen peas instead.
22. Smoked Salmon Pasta
Smoked salmon makes weeknight dinner fancy. This is the easiest pasta you’ll ever make. Ready in less than 30 minutes. It’s a great, quick dish to impress your dinner guests too.
23. One-Pan Creamy Canned Salmon Penne
Easily swap canned salmon for canned tuna in this recipe. This one-pan dish is easy to make, packed with flavor and will take your tastebuds on an unforgettable journey. its a beautiful dish that´s perfect for a busy weekday dinner or an elegant weekend lunch.
24. 10-Minute Creamy Canned Salmon Pasta with Garlic & Rocket
If you’re looking for a quick and easy salmon pasta recipe, this 10-minute creamy canned salmon pasta is the perfect meal. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this delicious pasta dish is ready a flash.
25. One-Pot Salmon and Orzo with Feta
There’s no need to turn on the oven for this healthy, one-pot meal. Tender salmon, creamy orzo, and salty feta come together in a dish that’s simple to make but full of flavor.
This one-pot salmon and orzo with feta is a delicious and satisfying recipe that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. This is a perfect weeknight meal for busy cooks.
26. Salmon Pasta Casserole
Orzo, is a form of short-cut pasta also known as risoni, it is shaped grain of rice. You CAN elevate your average pasta dinner with canned salmon! This one-pot dish is easy from start to finish.
This easy pasta dish is ready in a flash. Enjoy it with a creamy garlic sauce and dinner will be on the table in no time. It’s perfect for midweek, when you’re tired but need to still get your veggie quota.
27. Canned Salmon Frying Pan Lasagna
This simple canned salmon recipe is a delicious, budget-friendly meal that the whole family will love. By layering canned salmon, pasta sauce, and lasagna noodles in a frying pan, you can create a hearty dish that is packed with flavor. This dish can be served as is, or with a side of salad or garlic bread.
28. Canned Wild Alaska Salmon, Ricotta and Dill Ravioli
Ever since I can remember, my freezer’s been stocked full of ravioli. Like instant ramen or canned soup, it’s perfect for those days when you don’t feel like going to the supermarket to buy fresh ingredients.
29. Creamy Canned Salmon Macaroni & Cheese
This creamy dish is packed with flavor and is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Salmon is a great source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a healthy option for those looking for a nutritious meal. This recipe is easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
30. Salmon Spaghetti Carbonara
I’ve made this pasta dish with spaghetti and linguine noodles, but any long pasta will work. The cream sauce is a great complement to the tender salmon and salty bacon. Remember to serve it right away before the sauce thickens.