Salmon Carbonara

This Italian Family
by This Italian Family
4 servings
15 min

Super quick pescatarian version of this Italian classic!

So my husband doesn’t eat red meat, including bacon, and I can’t be bothered to make two separate dishes at mealtimes, so it means that the rest of the family generally eats no red meat. I’m fine with it, but there are some dishes that I miss from time to time.

Carbonara is one of them for sure, so I often come up with variations of it.

Sometimes they are a bit “meh” and sometimes they are a hit. This was one of the hits for sure!!!If you want to try a healthier pescatarian carbonara, this is the recipe for you!

NOTE: the eggs do NOT get cooked in this recipe, just like in the original Italian carbonara recipe. Although pasteurised eggs are generally deemed safe to eat raw, always check your local guidelines on the matter of egg safety before trying this recipe.

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Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 10.5oz (300g) smoked salmon, chopped up
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 3 Eggs
  • 11.2oz (320g) pasta

Boil the pasta according to the packet’s instructions.
Whilst that is cooking, whisk the eggs in a big bowl and season with salt and pepper.
When the pasta is ready, drain it and put it back into the pan, adding the chopped smoked salmon and the capers. Mix well so the salmon gets slightly cooked from the heat of the pasta.
Then transfer everything to the bowl with the eggs and mix.
Serve with lots of extra pepper on top if you like it.
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  • Stephen Moore Stephen Moore on Oct 03, 2021

    where does the onion come in?

    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Oct 04, 2021

      Sorry that was an oversight from my part, as I used to make it with onion but found that it works well without and forgot to take it off the ingredients list. Apologies, I have amended the recipe so it doesn't include onion anymore

  • Mary Pabst Mary Pabst on Oct 03, 2021

    When does the raw eggs cooK?

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    • This Italian Family This Italian Family on Oct 06, 2021

      Really? How strange. How do you make things like mayonnaise then? Anyhow of course check local guidelines for egg safety, as I said in my intro to the post. In Europe you can eat raw egg no problem as all hens are vaccinated and they feature in so many dishes. In the US I just checked and raw eggs seem to be safe to eat if pasteurised according to the Department of Agriculture