Leftover Salmon and Vegetables with Penne Pasta

Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover food?  Sometimes day two of eating it is just boring, right?  That’s exactly what happened with my salmon and vegetables.  And then inspiration hits me.  I whipped out pasta from the pantry, the leftover wild salmon, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and asparagus and this simply delicious, incredibly flavorful meal was a gourmet’s delight.  More Please!

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Leftover Salmon with pasta and vegetables

Pasta with Vegetables and leftover salmon

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Leftover Salmon, Penne Pasta, Salmon, Vegetables and Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 960 kcal
Author Julietkitchen By Chef Yasmin


  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 2 to 3 cups leftover salmon or about 12 ounces break into chunks
  • 1 cup each of leftover broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, spinach and asparagus
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic sliced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano roughly chopped - plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus one tablespoon to salt the pasta water
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano - plus extra shaved for garnish


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions

    Note: Use one tablespoon salt in the water and cook al dente. Save a 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a 5-quart dutch oven over medium flame, heat the olive oil and butter

    Note: the oil/butter should be hot but not smoking

  3. Add the sliced garlic and chopped oregano.  Sauté for about one minute

    Note: Do not brown the garlic

  4. Add the broccoli and use a wooden spoon to gently combine.  Add each remaining vegetable one at a time gently combining with each add

  5. Add the salmon and gently combine

  6. Add the pasta, salt, pepper and combine with the vegetables.

    Note: Use some of the reserved pasta water to further moisten the dish if needed.

  7. Turn off the stove.  Add the 1/2 cup cheese and gently stir to coat the pasta, vegetable, and salmon

  8. Plate, garnish with shaved cheese and fresh oregano leaves


Recipe Notes

This recipe is also great with leftover chicken or turkey. You can also use whatever your favorite vegetables are that was leftover from the night before.

Nutrition Facts
Leftover Salmon with pasta and vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 960 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 1054mg46%
Potassium 1124mg32%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 51g102%
Vitamin A 818IU16%
Vitamin C 40mg48%
Calcium 369mg37%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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