Salmon Pasta for Healthier Meals

Salmon Pasta

Adding salmon to your pasta entrees is a good idea for many reasons. In addition to the incredible taste, serving salmon with pasta substantially boosts the nutritional value of your meal.
For example, let's take a typical quick pasta meal -- noodles, tomato sauce or pesto, grated Parmesan. The nutritional content is not bad: approximately 200 calories, with nine grams of protein, plus 16% of daily vitamin C intake, and 14% of iron intake. However, add some salmon into the mix, and watch what happens! Now your pasta has 24 grams of bodybuilding protein, 67% of daily vitamin C intake, 28% of iron intake, and 35% of daily vitamin A intake, which didn't even make the first list. In addition, salmon supplies omega-3 essential fatty acids. Medical professionals recommend that adults receive 500mg of omega-3s (EPA and DHA) per day. A 150-gram serving of canned salmon contains 2117 mg of EPA and DHA! The omega-3s are very important in maintaining heart health. Learn more about the heart-healthy benefits of salmon by visiting the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation's website. Canned salmon can also provide as much calcium as a glass of milk – helping to keep bones, muscles, and blood healthy.
Eating salmon with pasta is a natural combination; the succulence of the fish contrasts perfectly with the texture of the noodles. Add a little salmon to your fettuccini, linguini, or rotini and maximize your nutritional intake!

These three recipes combine favourite pasta noodles with amazing salmon sauces, for ultimate taste and nutritional power:

The tang of sundried tomatoes and the velvety smoothness of ricotta complement perfectly the light, sweet taste of salmon. This creamy sauce is sure to become a favourite!
Creamy Salmon Pasta
2 cups (500 mL) penne pasta
3⁄4 cup (175 mL) chicken broth
1⁄4 cup (50 mL) snipped sundried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
6 oz (175 g) baby spinach
1 cup (250 mL) ricotta cheese
1 can (170 g) Clover Leaf Sockeye Salmon, Skinless and Boneless, drained
Creamy Salmon Pasta
This innovative twist on classic Fettuccini Alfredo combines vitamin-packed asparagus with a garlic cream sauce that wouldn't be out of place in a four-star restaurant. This simple recipe has a taste that's rich and elegant.
Salmon Fettucini Alfredo
8 oz (250 g) fettucini
2 cups (500 mL) sliced asparagus (about 1/2 lb/250g) 1 large clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 mL) water
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1⁄4 cup (50 mL) light cream cheese
1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) each pepper and nutmeg (optional)
1 can (170 g) Clover Leaf Sockeye Salmon, Skinless and Boneless, drained
1⁄2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
Get your full complement of veggies in this ultra-nutritious pasta recipe. Combining vitamin and anti-oxidant rich red and green vegetables with salmon and noodles is a balanced all-in-one meal
Salmon Garden Linguini
1 can (170 g) CLOVER LEAF Skinless & Boneless Sockeye Salmon
2 cups (500 mL) linguini noodles
2 cups (500 mL) chopped vegetables (bell peppers, asparagus, red onions, snow peas)
1 tbsp (15 mL) oil
2 cups (500 mL) light cream
1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 tsp (4 mL) pepper
1⁄4 tsp (1 mL) thyme
1⁄2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
Salmon Garden Linguini
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