Fettuccini Pasta with Crab and Smoked Salmon

Even with the trend toward lighter pasta sauces, this dish is worth the indulgence on special occasions

By FVCC Chef Howard Karp

I have fond memories of preparing and enjoying this dish I created over 15 years ago. The richness of Gorgonzola melted with white wine cream sauce and infused with smoked salmon and fresh crab makes this meal truly one of a kind. Even with the trend toward lighter pasta sauces, this dish is worth the indulgence on special occasions and your guests will forever thank you for it.

Yield: 4 Servings


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 8 button white mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 ounces fresh Dungeness crab meat
  • 8 ounces Nova Scotia smoked salmon, sliced and pulled apart
  • ½ cup of dry white wine
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 4 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and large diced
  • 1 pound dry or fresh fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Zest of 1 whole lemon
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

To Prepare:

In a medium sauce pan, heat butter to sizzling. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Next, add sliced mushrooms and sauté for a couple minutes. Add crab and salmon. Cook for about 1 minute until heated, but be careful not to overcook. Remove all ingredients from pan into a bowl, and set aside.

Using the same sauce pan, add dry white wine and reduce to a syrup consistency. Next, add cream and allow for a slight reduction for 15 minutes. Next, take the crumbled Gorgonzola and slowly let the cheese melt into the cream sauce, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. Once the cheese has melted, add tomatoes and simmer.

In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add salt. Cook fettuccine until al dente (firm to the bite). While waiting for the pasta to cook, add the crab, salmon and mushroom mixture to the cream sauce and simmer.

When the fettuccine is cooked, strain the pasta and add it to the cream sauce allowing it to infuse with the pasta. Add chopped parsley and lemon zest to the sauce and plate the dish. Season with salt and white pepper to taste.

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