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Penne alla vodka with salmon

Salmon penne alla vodka is a creamy pasta dish where the salmon is king. This modern take on a recipe from the '80s features no tomato but adds zucchini for both colour and flavour.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword penne alla vodka, salmon pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Calories 1001 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


  • 300 g penne pasta
  • 400 g smoked salmon or fresh salmon
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 shallot small
  • 300 ml cream
  • 3 tbsp vodka
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Warm half of the olive oil in a skillet, thinly slice the zucchini and add it to the pan. Sauté on medium-high heat 3-4 minutes, until soft. Remove the zucchini from the pan and add the rest of the oil.

  2. Mince the shallot and add it to the oil. Sauté 2-3 min until soft. Cut the salmon into strips and add it to the pan. Sauté on medium heat stirring from time to time.

  3. As the salmon is cooking, bring a pot of water to a boil, add salt and add penne. Cook according to package instructions - it should be around 10 minutes.

  4. When the fish looks cooked through and starts to flake, pour in the cream. Simmer the sauce until the cream reduces and thickens, 4-5 minutes.

  5. Drain the pasta and add it to the skillet. Toss to coat in the sauce. Top with zucchini and freshly cracked black pepper.

Recipe Notes

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a suggested serving size. The amount of pasta in this recipe feeds 3 people if only having this as a meal. If planning to serve an appetizer or another course along with the pasta, these quantities will serve 4.

Use any vodka you please, as long as it is unflavoured.

Smoked salmon can be substituted with fresh salmon in the same quantities.

Nutrition Facts
Penne alla vodka with salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1001 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Fat 54g83%
Saturated Fat 26g163%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 1093mg48%
Potassium 645mg18%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 1652IU33%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.