Lemon, Pesto and Trout Pasta

A delightfully light and aromatic pesto, tossed with flaked smoked trout and crème fraîche and stirred through gluten-free pasta.

I had some wilting basil, a sorry looking lemon and a packet of smoked trout about to pass it use by date. I decided to make a traditional pesto with a lemon twist and use it in this lovely light fish pasta dish. It really is delicious - I hope you'll like it too!

Gluten-Free Lemon Pesto and Trout Pasta

Light and easy pasta supper


Serves 4

  • 300g gluten-free pasta (depending how much you like per person)
  • 1 pack smoked trout flakes (100g)
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • olive oil
  • basil to serve

For the pesto:

  • small bunch of fresh basil (c.10g)
  • 20g pine nuts
  • 20g parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic
  • grated zest and juice of ½ unwaxed lemon
  • 75ml olive oil


  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
  • Reserving a little lemon zest for decoration, put all the pesto ingredients into a grinder or food processor.
  • Whizz all the ingredients together to make a smoothish sauce.
  • Gently stir in the crème fraîche.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving a couple of spoonfuls of the cooking liquid.
  • Return the pasta to the saucepan.
  • Stir through the sauce and add the reserved cooking liquid.
  • Gently flake the smoked trout into the pan and stir again.
  • Serve topped with a dollop of crème fraîche chopped basil, freshly ground black pepper, grated lemon zest and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • You will find it easier to leave the lemon whole to grate it. You can always grate the rest of the zest and freeze it for another day.
  • Swap the trout for smoked salmon or cooked salmon fillet. It will taste delicious with this dish.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers and eat cold for a decadent lunch the next day.
  • Any pasta shapes will do for this; spaghetti even works well.
  • This pasta dish is great with a crunchy salad to compliment the softness of the pasta.
  • You can make double the pesto and freeze for another day.
  • Smoked trout freezes well. For an instant standby, freeze in small portions and you can defrost at room temperature very quickly, before using in sandwiches, salads etc.
  • If you like smoked trout, try my Smoked Trout Pâté.