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Tortellini with Smoked Salmon and Herbed Sauce

It's that time of the year...when the avid fishermen begin to reel in the salmon.  Though we aren't that big into fishing at this household, we have friends who keep us supplied.  And we have a new smoker that is turning out wonderful smoked salmon.  Hubby eats it like candy!   We've found smoked salmon pairs beautifully with pasta and a herbed cream sauce.

  • 1 350 gram package cheese tortellini
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh zucchini 
  • 4 teaspoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, cut up (herb and garlic cream cheese works well)
  • 1/2 lb. smoked salmon pieces
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh dill, chopped 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain.
  2. Sauce: Cook onions and garlic in hot butter over medium heat until tender but not brown. Stir in sliced zucchini and stir-fry for another minute or two.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Add milk.  Cook and stir until thickened and bubbling.  Over low heat, add cream cheese and stir until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.  Add salmon pieces and herbs heat through.
  3. Serve over hot tortellini. 
  4. Serves 4.


  1. This sounds absolutely wonderful. Love the addition of dill, too. I would love to try to smoke our own salmon. We haven't used our smoker nearly enough and this would be a fun thing to try. My 7 year old gobbles up smoked salmon so that would be a real treat!

  2. I've always wanted to make something with smoked salmon in it. I've never attempted anything like that.

  3. Pasta and smoked salmon - a combo tailor made for my husband. We were given a smoker, but we have no clue how to use it. We've also had an offer of salmon, so need to get to the coast to pick it up. Will there be a smoked salmon lesson coming up soon? Please?

  4. Anonymous...I won't be giving any lessons on how to smoke salmon anytime soon, since I have left my husband totally in charge of the smoker and have no idea how it works. I like it like that! ☺ But maybe Ellen will be willing to give smoking instructions...since I happen to know the smoker at their place gets used a lot. Good luck with figuring out your smoker!

  5. This dish looks very rich, but you only live once so id like to try this one. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa

  6. It is great, I bought the smoked salmon at the supermarket. It was even better the second day. The smoky flavour went all through the pasta. Yummy!!!

  7. Made this tonight with grilled asparagus as my side and it was delicious. My husband loved it as well. Definitely a keeper. I was out of zucchini so used sliced mushrooms but still very good.


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