Creamy Salmon Mac-and-Cheese

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Libbie and I were going to have salmon patties and macaroni and cheese for lunch. (Yep, that’s what the menu plan said!)  And then I got a little lazy. I was trying to make tonight’s lasagna at the same time and got overwhelmed. So then I thought: Self, we like tuna mac-and-cheese. Why not salmon?

It was delicious.

Salmon Mac-and-Cheese

And no, I don’t usually eat lunch off my china. But I was feeling a need for something special–and a new dish to photograph that isn’t my same old everyday plates and bowls.

Creamy Salmon Mac-and-Cheese


  • 1 lb. small pasta shapes, such as macaroni, corkscrews, or penne, cooked and drained
  • 1 can red salmon, drained, with as much skin and bones removed as you can get out
  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T whole wheat flour
  • 2-3 c. milk (preferably whole or 2%)
  • salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 8 oz. block of white cheddar, shredded (or 2 c. shredded cheese)
  • Optional: crowns from one head broccoli


In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and bring up to medium-high, whisking constantly. After a minute or so, add milk. Stir regularly as milk heats and bubbles. Let bubble, whisking, until sauce thickens (sauce should coat the back of a spoon, like this).

Remove sauce from heat. Stir in a sprinkle of salt, ground mustard, and red pepper flakes. Stir in shredded cheese. Add pasta and salmon and mix well.

If you want to have a vegetable in this dish, let broccoli boil with your pasta. Drain together and add them back in together as well.

Added to Tasty Tuesday.

And FYI, the winner of our Sisterchick Scavenger Hunt was Krystal from The Clever Mommy! Congratulations, Krystal!!

5 thoughts on “Creamy Salmon Mac-and-Cheese

  1. That looks SO yummy. I make homemade mac and cheese a lot, but I never thought of putting salmon or tuna in it. I have some canned salmon in my pantry too… Hmmmm….

  2. Mmmm. That looks great! The twitter link led me to your UBP post, but never fear. I got to this from my reader.

  3. Looks de-lish! We love tuna and mac too. Never thought to mix it up with salmon.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love tuna mac as well and I love salmon, so I will have to give this a try. I have no doubts that it will be every bit as delicious as you made it sound! Thanks for the recipe!

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