Easy dairy-free salmon pasta with veggies makes a delicious and healthy 30-minute dinner perfect for busy weeknights! The one pot pasta recipe is easy to customize with ingredients you have on hand and includes tips for how to make a healthy one pot meal with salmon.
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Easy dairy-free salmon one pot pasta recipe
One pot pasta recipes are one of my favorite healthy family dinners – they come together quickly, they need just one pot, and I can easily use whatever I have on hand. This easy salmon one pot pasta recipe with veggies rice is no exception.
Creamy salmon pasta is the kind of meal that shows how simple ingredients can turn into something so delicious! It came together with ingredients I found in my pantry and freezer – and chances are, you have most of them as well. Not only is it healthy, it also happens to be quick. Just 30 minutes and you have a tasty meal on the table.
How to make easy salmon pasta
Making healthy one pot meals is easier than you might think! This easy pasta recipe needs just 15 minutes too cook. Here’s how to make this quick one pot dinner:
#1: Heat the oil
- Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pot or sauce pan over medium high heat.
#2: Sear the salmon
- Add the spring onion and salmon pieces. Cook for 2 minutes, flipping just occasionally.
- Tip: Don’t move the salmon around too much to give it a nice crust. Leave it in place until seared, then flip and repeat.
#3: Fry the veggies
- Add the broccoli and mushrooms. Stir fry for 3 minutes, until the vegetables start to soften.
#4: Cook the pasta
- Add the pasta, coconut milk, broth, curry and paprika.
- Cover with a lid and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the lid and cook uncovered for 5 to 7 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
#5: Season & serve
- If needed, season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
- Serve the your dairy free salmon pasta hot. Enjoy!
Tips for one pot pasta with salmon
I love pasta to safe time and minimize the clean-up. Cooking one pot pasta is a little different than preparing regular pasta. But no worries, here are my best tips to master the one pot method:
- Keep stirring: One pot pasta meals tend to stick. So watch the one pot meal carefully and stand by to stir throughout the cooking process.
- Pot size: Make sure you have enough room to fit all ingredients. A large non-stick pot or Dutch oven is perfect to prepare one pot pasta meals.
- Check pasta: When you get close to the end of the cooking time, start tasting the pasta to see if it’s al dente. Thinner pastas (e.g. spaghetti) requires less cooking time as thicker noodles (e.g. penne or bow tie noodles).
Dairy-free salmon pasta without cream
I cooked this creamy pasta recipe with gluten-free rigatoni pasta and coconut milk to make it dairy-free. You can’t actually taste that it’s coconut milk. The dish tastes just like creamy alfredo salmon pasta.
If the recipe doesn’t have to dairy-free, you can prepare the recipe with regular cream or soy cream is okay too.
Smoked or fresh salmon?
This healthy one pot meal can be made with fresh, frozen, or smoked fish in case you prefer a smoked salmon pasta recipe. Just note that smoked salmon won’t be as crisp as fresh fish.
Can I use other veggies?
Yes! Feel free to add any other veggies you have on hand, such as zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, or peas.
Can I use frozen salmon and veggies?
Yes, you can use frozen salmon and vegetables if you like. Make sure to defrost the salmon so you can cut it into chunks. The broccoli and mushrooms will come out a softer, but still delicious.
Can I add other seasonings?
Of course! I kept the healthy salmon pasta recipe simple and flavorful and only used curry, paprika and a salt, but you can definitely season your easy weeknight dinner with other herbs and spices.
Complimentary additions could include ground black pepper, chili powder, rosemary, thyme, or even fish sauce.
To make salmon pasta alfredo, stir 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese into the dish after cooking. For a creamy lemon salmon pasta, sprinkle a little grated lemon zest into the sauce. The addition of 3 chopped tomatoes will give you a delicious creamy tomato salmon pasta.
Can you make easy salmon pasta ahead?
Because this one pot pasta comes together fast, I recommend making it fresh. But you can prep a few ingredients and the tasty one pot meal will come together even quicker.
Chop mushrooms, slice the green/spring onions, and cut the broccoli into florets. Store them refrigerated, covered with foil or plastic wrap/cling film, until you’re ready to cook.
How to store salmon pasta with veggies
Store leftover salmon pasta in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
Can you freeze salmon pasta?
Yes, you could freeze this salmon recipe for 1 month if you really want to. But, it’s best fresh so that the pasta and veggies don’t get mushy!
How to reheat the easy pasta recipe
Reheat the salmon pasta dish in the microwave or in a skillet, until hot. The microwave is fast, but might dry out the salmon.
This dairy-free salmon pasta recipe was first published in May 2020 and has been updated with new content in August 2022.
More 30 minutes dinner ideas
If you like this dairy-free salmon pasta, you might also like these other easy healthy weeknight dinners:
- baked chicken drumsticks – The easy baked chicken drumsticks recipe requires only 10 minutes prep and 4 ingredients.
- ground beef casserole – This keto ground beef casserole recipe is a tasty one-dish low carb dinner for the whole family.
- Swedish meatballs – These tasty low carb meatballs in gravy are a quick family meal idea.
- zucchini frittata – An easy one-pan zucchini frittata is a healthy vegetarian meal idea for breakfast, brunch, and weeknight dinner.
- cheesy chicken chops – Juicy chicken chops baked with carrots and cheddar is quick comfort food.
- one pot rice with chicken and peppers – The simple combo of juice chicken, arborio rice and tasty peppers creates a delicious and quick one-pot meal that your family will love!
- chicken stroganoff – Stroganoff is one of those meals that you can always make when you need a plan B or run out of dinner inspiration.
- baked dover sole sheet pan – This baked Dover sole and veggies sheet pan comes together in under 1 hour, making it perfect for a quick midweek meal.
- turkey cutlets with gravy – Turkey cutlets with mushrooms gravy are incredibly easy to make and done in under one hour.
Recommended tools for cooking pasta
The following tools are useful to make this creamy pasta recipe:
- large pot – This pot is such a great tool for one pot recipes. It’s non-stick and the prefect ratio of deep and wide.
- cooking spatula – This wooden cooking spatula makes it easy to scrape the sides and bottom of the pot.
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