Pasta with Bechamel Sauce and Smoked Salmon

You can easily add other ingredients to shake this recipe up such as chopped dill, diced Roma tomatoes, lightly steamed asparagus, sauteed shallots, sliced green onions, peas, diced red bell pepper, etc.

This time I just served it plain, with toasted pecans and snipped chives.

Pasta with Bechamel Sauce and Smoked Salmon
Serves 2 to 4 (Easily increased)

8 ounces dry pasta, your choice of shape. Cooked according to package directions.
4 to 6 ounces Smoked Salmon, flaked or cut into small pieces

Bechamel Sauce
(Yields about 2 cups)

2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (depending upon how salty the salmon is, you may want to reduce this)
generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg


Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until melted; add flour and stir until smooth. Cook a few minutes until the mixture barely colors. (About 5 to 7 minutes.)

In the meantime heat the milk in a separate pan until almost boiling (can heat in microwave.) Whisk the hot milk into the butter mixture 1 cup at a time, whisking continuously until very smooth. Gently bring to a boil and cook for 8 to 10 minutes (stir constantly.) Remove from heat and season with salt and nutmeg.

You can stir the salmon and extras you are using into the sauce, but I prefer to sauce the pasta and add the salmon (and any other ingredients) as a garnish on top. It's your choice.

Toss or pour the sauce over the hot pasta and enjoy!

A very easy dinner, ready in just a short time.


  1. You know, every time I visit your blog I wish I was a dinner guest in your home. Your food always looks so delicious! Always presented so lovely!

  2. Looks very good on that colorful plate Mary..How do you chose which plate?:)

  3. Oh my, this looks wonderful. We are so fortunate to have fantastic local smoked salmon. What a perfect way to enjoy it.

  4. I am so scared of sauces--but this looks so delicious, I'm trying it. I absolutely love the Vietri plate beneath this ambrosial entree.

  5. Beautiful, plate and the pasta! Always perfection, Mary!

  6. just gorgoeus mary, every pic sings~

  7. This looks delicious. My hubby got some smoked salmon for Christmas and I can't wait to make something with it!


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