smoked salmon carbonara

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A few weeks ago, I got a nice email from the folks at Rushing Waters Fisheries in Wisconsin asking if I’d be interested in trying some of their smoked fish. I was hesitant at first, because I usually try to avoid farm-raised seafood, when possible. But after doing some research I found out that while Rushing Waters is a salmon and trout farm, they use all natural and organic farming practices and truly care about the fish they raise and the end product.  They actually still harvest each and every fish by hand! Something almost completely unheard of in today’s fish farming industry. After learning of their responsible practices, I signed on to review their products.

I was incredibly impressed with the quality, flavor and variety of the products they provided. I’m a big fan of smoked fish and this stuff was no exception! It was just as good as my sister’s world-famous smoked salmon that she makes for us every Christmas. And that’s saying a lot!

Rushing Waters sent me a ton of fish and while I’m a big fan of just simply having some smoked salmon on crackers, I knew I needed some fun recipes to divvy out the haul. The first of those dishes is this smoked salmon carbonara. I took my classic spaghetti alla carbonara recipe, cleaned it up and added some flavorful, flaky salmon. The end result is guilt-free comfort food at it’s best. I’m sure you guys are sick of hearing about how good salmon is for you, but let me give you just a little reminder. Salmon is packed with lean protein and omega-3 fatty acid, which helps keep your brain, eyes and heart all in tip-top condition. The American Heart Association recommends we get two to three servings of oily fish like salmon a week. This recipe will help you reach that mark.

Oh! And I forgot to mention, it comes together in like 2.2 seconds 10 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Now this is some fast food I can get behind.


Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Smoked salmon carbonara comes together in a snap. Perfect for a weeknight dinner. Now this is some fast food I can get behind.


  • 10 ounces whole grain thin spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions, omitting salt and fat. Before draining, reserve 2 cups of pasta water.
  2. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, heat olive oil and add garlic. Cook until garlic is softened, about 3 minutes. Add in salmon and cook until salmon is warmed.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and egg whites.
  4. Remove Dutch oven from heat and add cooked spaghetti. Stir to evenly distribute salmon and garlic.
  5. While stirring briskly, stream in eggs until egg is no longer slimy-looking and thickens. Add in pasta water, 1/2 cup at a time, until pasta is creamy and saucy.
  6. Divide pasta into four bowls, divide cheese on top of the pasta.
  7. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary. Both the salmon and cheese are salty, so you might not need to add any salt.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 1441mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.


In exchange for this blog post, I was compensated with one sampler pack and two tubs of spread. My review of the product was not biased or influenced in any way by this compensation.

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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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