This Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta recipe is a real special dish for any season! The perfect easy weeknight meal on any given day for the entire family that comes based with a delicious creamy Alfredo sauce and paired with semi-thick pasta and chunks of roasted salmon meat, which all work together so deliciously. Truly a comforting recipe with every bite. Meatless, Dairy-free + Gluten-free options.
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Honestly, when it comes to salmon, I'm in deep love! There's just something about the versatility that salmon has that makes it such a delicious option, especially with pasta. This Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta is a rendition of one of my favorite sauce----Alfredo sauce and although I chose not to use cream cheese, the creaminess and velvety texture is still present and makes it worth it. Plus, this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Kale Pasta is definitely one to try!
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OK, so traditionally, Alfredo pasta features fettuccine, which tends to be a bit thinner, but I wanted to fully enjoy everything with a nice soak up, which is why I chose to use this rigatoni pasta. Tagliatelle pasta----my go-to is thinner than my fave Pappardelle and would also be perfect for this dish.
It's SO GOOD! Plus, the little "ridges" on this pasta really makes it have a great texture in every bite. Besides, I ensure that there's a nice dairy-free option for all of my dairy sensitive folks out there or those who just want to give dairy a break for a moment as well as a gluten-free option. This recipe is fairly quick to make, especially since the salmon bakes in the oven which gives you time to boil the pasta then make the sauce, toss, and wallah! Seamless!
Overall, this pasta is definitely comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be personalized based on preference----i.e. sub with shrimp, lobster, scallops, or another meat like chicken or non-meat like mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.
Basically, Alfredo is a creamy pan sauce made form butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. As it has become popular, there have been several adaptations and substitutes to the ingredients, however, either way-----Alfredo sauce is usually best when made + eaten right away! Classically, Alfredo is often paired with Fettuccine, but as you can see, I chose to use rigatoni and there are an array of other pastas that can be used.
First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and creamy Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you’ll love this pasta dinner:
Start making this recipe by patting fry and seasoning the salmon, then baking it for a few minutes until 'flaky' and done. Then you begin boiling your pasta. In the meantime, you make your creamy sauce by sautéing a few garlic cloves, and then adding in the seasoning, heavy cream, veggie stock, and cheeses. Next, toss in your cooked + drained pasta, salmon, and wallah.
Here’s what you need for this Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta:
If you're thinking about making your own Italian seasoning blend, then look no further! All you need is handful of herbs + spices, mix them together, and wallah:
You can keep leftover seasoning in a small tightly sealed jar and at room temperature for up to 6 months like your other herbs + spices.
If you're thinking of serving Alfredo sauce with pasta other than Fettuccine, then I'm so with ya! When it comes to pasta, you can use long pastas like Bucatini, Pappardelle, Tagliatelle, etc. if desired.
However, I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. Otherwise, other pastas such as Penne, Rigatoni, Paccheri, Orecchiette, etc. are perfect.
It’s important to thicken your Alfredo sauce so it gets nice and sticky. Personally, I love using arrowroot starch (which is a great gluten-free option). However, if you don’t have this on hand, using other subs like all-purpose flour, regular cornstarch, or tapioca flour work just fine. Just be sure to always stir your thickener with warm water until it becomes a ‘milky’ liquid before adding it to the sauce OR you can add the dry thickener to your skillet with the seasonings, right before adding the liquids, whisking until smooth and thickened.
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While you might think that most of the creaminess of this pasta comes from the heavy cream added (from my go-to brand Organic Valley by the way), the truth is that most of it actually comes from the parmesan cheese. Yup, that's right.
Personally, I love using the full brick of parmesan cheese as opposed to the powdered version. For one, you're able to cut off a lot more cheese as opposed to the finely grated Parmesan cheese that you would normally purchase, which is usually almost invisible like powder and takes a TON to bring forth this kind of creaminess (granted, there isn't anything wrong with this version, don't get me wrong!). Plus, I like to add an addition of grated sharp cheddar cheese for extra creaminess as opposed to cream cheese, which is what others use for Alfredo pasta!
If you'd like to add protein to this creamy Alfredo pasta dish, it's easy to do, regardless of your diet!
Plant-based protein options:
Non-vegan protein options:
Although, kale is the most common veggie that I like to add to this Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta, you can definitely use other greens such as spinach, collard greens, bokchoy, etc. for a nice twist! When it comes to vegetables, there are so many benefits as we all know. While some veggies pack a greater punch when it comes to nutrients, we’ve curated a special list of our Our Top 12 Favorite Healthy Green Leafy Vegetables! Most of these are super popular while others are under utilized in many dishes. Lettuce Eat, Shall We?
With most pasta dishes, I often enjoy them with a side of bread of some sort. Most times, I make my own homemade Garlic Bread, however, you can choose to spruce things up with many other options such as:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
Absolutely! To make this dish GF, simply use Gluten-Free pasta and ensure that the coconut cream/milk is GF-friendly. However, To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan and sharp cheddar.
If you are a fan of my Creamy Salmon Alfredo Pasta, you will also love these other creamy pasta options also!
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