Photography: Chris Court

Paperbag Spaghetti with Herb Crusted Salmon from Donna Hay

Anything that looks unusual can attract hungry family members to try something different, and this Paperbag Spaghetti with Herb Crusted Salmon from Donna Hay is no exception!


  • 400g dried spaghetti
  • 2 cups (500ml) single (pouring) cream
  • ½ Cup (125ml) lemon juice
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed well
  • Rocket, fresh chilli and lemon wedges to serve

Herb crusted salmon

4 x 150g salmon fillets, skins removed and sliced into 3

⅓ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

⅓ cup chopped dill

1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind

Sea salt and cracked black pepper



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the pasta in a large saucepan of salted water and cook for 5 minutes or until just softened but not cooked through. Reserve half a cup of pasta water, drain it, and set aside.
  2. To make the herb-crusted salmon, place the parsley, dill, lemon rind, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix to combine. Add the salmon pieces and gently toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, add the cream, lemon juice, reserved pasta water, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Cut 8 x 40cm squares of good quality non-stick baking paper+. Line 4 small ovenproof serving bowls with 2 pieces of baking paper.
  5. Divide the pasta and the capers evenly between the bowls. Add the cream sauce and top with the herb-crusted salmon. Gather the edges of the paper together and secure each bag with kitchen string. Bake for 20–24 minutes or until the pasta is al dente and the salmon is cooked to your liking.
  6. Serve each bag in the bowl, open carefully and mix the salmon gently through the pasta. Top with rocket, chilli and lemon wedges. Serves 4

+ We used Glad to be Green® Compostable Brown Paper

Photography: Chris Court

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Other great family crispy favourites from Donna Hay:

All-in-One Crispy Baked Tacos

Silky Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Crumb


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