Lactose-free cream cheese pesto pasta with salmon
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Lactose-free cream cheese pesto pasta with salmon

Have you ever dreamed of twirling your fork in a plate full of pasta with creamy pesto sauce without lactose? Our lactose-free creamy pesto pasta recipe with salmon is so good, you will think you are dreaming. It brings together the earthy notes of basil, the nuttiness of almonds, and the rich, velvety texture of cream cheese pesto that lovingly coats every strand of pasta. Paired with the rich flavour of perfectly cooked salmon, each bite promises a gustatory delight that will have you reaching for more.


Step 1
  • Blend basil, pressed garlic, and almonds. Fold in the lacto-free cream cheese and season with salt and pepper.
Step 2
  • Fry the salmon in oil on a pan for approx. 3 minutes on each side. Season with lemon, sesame seeds, salt, and pepper.
Step 3
  • Cook the pasta as indicated on the packaging. Boil the peas for 2 min. Drain and toss with the cream cheese pesto.

Our lactose-free cream cheese pesto recipe, although fantastic when paired with pasta and salmon, is not just restricted to being used in main courses. The creamy pesto can also double up as a delicious spread for sandwiches. Imagine the layers of flavour it could add to your typical lunchtime meal. The creamy texture and distinct flavour will transform a simple sandwich into a wonderful delight. Just a smear of this lactose-free cream cheese pesto on your favourite bread, paired with some fresh vegetables or slices of deli meat, can make for a quick and satisfying meal.


When it comes to cooking with salmon, choosing the right piece is crucial. Look for a fillet that is brightly coloured with a shiny and moist appearance. It should have a fresh, ocean-like smell – any strong fishy odour is a sign that the salmon is not fresh.


Once you have your perfect salmon, knowing when it is done is vital. The flesh should be opaque flake easily. Be cautious not to overcook, as it can make the salmon dry and tough.

Questions about lactose-free cream cheese pesto

If you have never tried making lactose-free cream cheese pesto with pasta and salmon before, you may have a few questions about how to go about it. Below you will find answers to some of the most asked questions so keep on reading to find out more.

How to make lactose-free cream cheese pesto?
To make a lactose-free cream cheese pesto, start by blending a handful of fresh basil leaves, 1 pressed garlic clove, and 4 tablespoons of almonds together. Once these ingredients are well mixed, carefully fold the lactose-free cream cheese into the mixture. Finally, season the homemade creamy pesto with a pinch of salt and pepper.
How long does lactose-free cream cheese pesto last in the fridge?
A homemade lactose-free cream cheese pesto can last for about 5-7 days in the fridge. Store the creamy pesto in an airtight container to maintain its freshness. The quality of the pesto may start to degrade after this period, so make sure that you use it within this timeframe to get the best taste.
What to serve with lactose-free cream cheese pesto?
A delightful way to serve lactose-free cream cheese pesto is to toss it with pasta and peas. The creaminess of the pesto pairs beautifully with the texture of the pasta, creating a rich and satisfying dish, while the sweet flavour of the peas provides a delightful contrast to the creamy pesto. The addition of tender fried salmon makes the dish complete.
Products used
Arla® LactoFREE soft cheese.

Nutritional values

Nutritional value, per

Fibre 28 gram fibers
Protein 110.1 %
Carbohydrates 237.2 %
Fat 108.7 gram


Fresh basil
1 handful
Garlic clove
Salted almonds
3 tbsp
Ara Lactofree soft cheese
200 g
Flake salt and pepper
Salmon pieces without skin and bones
Sesame seeds
1 tbsp
Olive oil
2 tbsp
To serve
Pasta, e.g. linguini or spaghetti
300 g
200 g

Try our recipe for lacto-free creamy pesto pasta with salmon

Indulge in our enticing creamy pesto pasta recipe made completely free from lactose. With perfectly al dente pasta, lavishly coated in a creamy, silky pesto sauce, each mouthful is an explosion of exquisite flavours. The garlic-infused almond pesto with basil pairs seamlessly with the heartiness of the pasta leaving you with a rich and savoury meal. Further elevating the overall texture and depth of flavours, we have included tender, fried salmon. The natural richness of the fish is beautifully brought out by the velvety lacto-free cream cheese pesto, creating a divine combination that is hard to resist. This delectable creation is a tribute to the sublime unity of pasta, creamy pesto, and salmon. It is a truly indulgent experience that effortlessly straddles the line between comfort food and fine dining. If you need more inspiration for lactose-free cooking, check out our recipes for lacto-free sweet potato soup, lacto-free frittata with spinach, and lacto-free guacamole sandwich.

Pesto with lacto-free cream cheese as a delicious, creamy coating

Experience a new wave of pasta with our recipe for creamy pesto with cream cheese. This recipe incorporates a robust blend of aromatic basil, crisp almonds, and hearty garlic, melding together to infuse the creamy pesto with a rich, bold flavour. We have taken it a step further by introducing lacto-free cream cheese giving the pesto a sumptuous creamy twist that embraces each strand of pasta with a velvety touch. The lacto-free cream cheese plays a dual role – it not only provides the creamy pesto with a silky texture but also expertly balances out the potent flavours of basil, garlic, and almonds. The result? A pasta dish that is a celebration in every bite, revealing a world of creamy, pesto-coated bliss with each forkful.

Flaky and tender salmon with a rich and savoury flavour

Salmon and pasta are an age-old match, yet when salmon encounters our lacto-free cream cheese pesto, it blossoms into a culinary love affair worth recounting. Known for its delectably flaky texture and rich flavour, salmon effortlessly slips into the symphony of our creamy pesto pasta recipe. When cooked to perfection, the salmon is tender and succulent, its rich, savoury notes adding depth to the dish. Paired with our creamy pesto, the strong flavour of salmon is tempered, allowing for a harmonious mingling of flavours that is as delightful as it is unexpected. The salmon does not just complement the pasta and the lacto-free cream cheese pesto; it completes it.

An easy pasta pesto dish bursting with flavours

Despite its layered and intricate flavours, our creamy pesto pasta with salmon is astonishingly easy to make. The recipe only calls for a modest list of ingredients but still delivers an extraordinary result. With pasta, fresh basil, almonds, garlic, lacto-free cream cheese, peas, and salmon at your disposal, you are all set to create this gastronomic marvel. In a few straightforward steps, the produce morph into a dish that is nothing short of a taste sensation. Our easy-to-follow recipe for creamy pesto pasta proves that you do not need to navigate complex procedures or invest hours of your time to create a meal that is packed with flavours. It is a beautiful homage to the elegance and efficiency of simplicity in the kitchen.

The same delicious result without lactose

A standout element in our recipe for creamy salmon pasta is the use of lacto-free cream cheese. This secret weapon imparts the pesto with its superb creamy texture, all the while keeping the entire dish lacto-free. This thoughtfully included ingredient ensures that everyone can relish a lush, creamy pesto pasta without worrying about the lactose. The lacto-free cream cheese does not skimp on flavour or texture – rather, it elevates the dish, infusing a tangy creaminess that harmoniously counterbalances the robust flavours of the pesto. The resulting dish is just as flavourful as a regular version without containing any lactose.

Ideas for adjusting the recipe

Our salmon cream cheese pasta recipe is truly a crowd-pleaser that works wonders for weekday dinners and special occasions. However, cooking, much like any other art, invites creativity and personal touches. And our recipe offers plenty of room for you to adjust and customise according to your liking and preferences. Be it by adding a vibrant medley of vegetables or switching up the protein, each variation will introduce a new dimension to your culinary experience.

Add vegetables for pops of colour and crunch

There is no denying that the smooth lacto-free cream cheese pesto and tender salmon in our pasta dish present a fantastic flavour profile. However, adding some vibrant vegetables can take it to new heights. Imagine the burst of freshness and colour that cherry tomatoes could add, their sweet-tart flavour complementing the richness of the creamy pesto. Or consider the crunch and slight sweetness of red bell peppers, a pleasing contrast to the pasta's softness. Not only do these vegetables add visual appeal, making your dish look like a work of art, they also provide a delightful contrast in texture and an extra layer of flavour. Vegetables like these fit in harmoniously with the other elements of the dish, enriching the overall taste of it.

Replace or remove the salmon to make another version of the dish

While the salmon undoubtedly plays a crucial role in our creamy salmon pasta recipe, it does not mean that it cannot be substituted or removed altogether to suit your taste. For instance, consider using chicken as an alternative. When cooked to perfection, chicken offers a different, yet equally delicious texture that pairs well with the lacto-free cream cheese pesto. The milder flavour allows the pesto's distinct notes to shine while complementing the overall richness of the dish. Whether it is grilled, roasted, or pan-seared, chicken can be a delightful addition to the creamy pesto pasta.