What Makes Salmon Pasta Recipes So Wonderfully Unique?
It is a common enough dilemma – dinner time is coming around and you are not sure what to make to feed your hungry family who are becoming tired of the usual meals.
The answer to this lies with easy fish recipes. If you are bored with beef, fed up with chicken and you are looking for fresh ideas, what about salmon pasta recipes? You can make these as indulgent or as healthy as you want.
Perhaps you want to add vegetables in which case you can add pretty much anything. With pasta broccoli and mushrooms are two popular choices, or maybe you would prefer to add some crunch in the form of lightly cooked celery or onion. You can make a creamy sauce with ricotta or heavy cream or you can lighten things up by making a tasty tomato-based sauce instead.
Different Kinds of Salmon Pasta Recipes
Salmon pasta recipes can be baked, finished off under the broiler (to make the cheese topping crispy) or cooked in a big pot. You can even cook the whole thing in just one pot, if you cook the pasta and drain it, then return it to the pot and add some salmon, cream cheese, cream or tomatoes and the other ingredients, and simply warm everything through.
Optional ingredients which do not require cooking include olives and capers. You can add some hot sauce for a touch of spice or some curry powder for a lightly curried finish. Use your imagination when making salmon pasta recipes and you can make this exciting dish as unique as you want.
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The Most Easy Salmon Pasta Recipes
Salmon pasta recipes make wonderful dinners and you can either use canned salmon or cooked salmon filets to make the following dish. If you are using filets, make sure the fish is skinless and boneless. Salmon pasta recipes are a nice alternative to tuna pasta and the following recipe is a real crowd-pleaser for sure.
When cooking dishes with pasta broccoli is a popular addition, although you can also use spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers, or any other flavorful vegetable. In this recipe we are using broccoli to add flavor and texture, as well as a contrasting color. The recipe also features three kinds of cheese, garlic and some Half & Half for an indulgent creaminess.
If you are new to making salmon pasta recipes you will be delighted at the simplicity of this dish. Perhaps you have experience with making tilapia recipes, fish chowder recipes or other easy fish recipes, or maybe you are new to this kind of cuisine. Either way you will love this dish. If you use frozen or canned salmon you will also find it an economical recipe.
- 1 lb penne or rigatoni pasta
- 1 lb broccoli florets
- 1 lb cooked salmon filets or drained canned salmon
- ¼ cup Half & Half
- 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Small handful grated parmesan cheese
- Big handful grated mozzarella
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Bring a big pot of water to a boil, and then cook the broccoli in it for 5 minutes.
- Take it out and drain the water off.
- Add the pasta to the same boiling water and add salt according to the directions on the package.
- Cook it to al dente.
- Melt the butter and add the extra-virgin olive oil.
- Sauté the garlic for 4 minutes, then add the Half & Half and a pinch of salt and heat until warm.
- Add the salmon, broccoli, and pasta and let it soak up the sauce.
- Transfer the mixture to an ovenproof casserole dish.
- Preheat the broiler to high and put a rack in the middle of the oven or about 10 inches from the heat.
- Add the ricotta to the salmon mixture and stir it in.
- Taste and season with salt and black pepper if necessary.
- Sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella on top and broil for about 4 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and crispy.
Do you see how crispy the topping is on this pasta broccoli bake? That is one of the best things about tuna or salmon pasta recipes. Underneath the crispy cheese topping you can see the broccoli florets and pieces of salmon, as well as the rich creamy sauce. Whether you are new to making easy fish recipes or accustomed to preparing a fish taco recipe now and then, or salmon filet recipes for your family, this is a new one to add to your easy fish recipes collection. It will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator and you can warm it up in the oven (or in the microwave on medium) the following day for a quick and easy lunch.
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How to Make Salmon Pasta Broccoli Like a Pro
Salmon pasta broccoli is one of the simplest recipes ever and even though this dish is aimed at beginners, there are a few tips which you can use to ensure your salmon pasta recipes come out better than ever.
Which Kind of Pasta to Choose
First, choose the best pasta. Tube-shapes like rigatoni or penne are popular choices since these seem to complement the fish and creamy sauce, but you could use pasta twists, pasta wheels, or another kind instead if you like.
The shape of pasta is down to personal preference although tubes do hold some of the sauce so if you are serving a thin sauce, the tube shapes might be the best option.
How to Prepare the Salmon
You can poach the fish in water or sauté it in a little oil. When it turns opaque it is done and you can flake it into a bowl or add it to the drained pasta and sauce. If you prefer to use canned salmon, make sure it is well-drained and then flake it with a fork.
Putting it All Together
Once you have your pasta cooked al dente (tender but not too soft) and your fish ready to add, you are ready to assemble your pasta broccoli recipe. You can stir in your chosen sauce or even a package of cream cheese and a little extra-virgin olive oil if you do not have ricotta, canned tomatoes, or other sauce ingredients.
Stir in your cooked vegetables. You can simmer these along with the pasta or sauté them in another pan. Some vegetables, like broccoli or mushrooms, can be steamed over the pasta cooking water.
Stir the mixture well and taste the mixture. Add some salt and pepper and any other condiments you want. You will be a master of salmon pasta recipes in no time if you follow these basic pasta broccoli recipe tips.
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