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Salmon Pesto Pasta Recipe | La Cucina di Kerrs

A quick + easy weeknight or date night dinner recipe using baked salmon leftovers!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian, Italian
Keyword: date night recipe, easy meals, leftovers, pasta, Salmon, simple recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: House of Kerrs


  • 1 pkg Penne Rigate *we used a 500g pkg*
  • cups leftover baked salmon *set out on counter while pasta cooks to bring to room temp or warm a bit in microwave*
  • 200 mL Jar of Pesto *or make our homemade nut-free recipe*
  • Extra virgin olive oil *enough to lightly coat cooked pasta*


  • Cook pasta to "al dente" according to package directions, ensuring your pasta water is "salted like the sea". Before draining, use a measuring cup to scoop up & set aside about 1 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta, transfer to a med-large bowl & drizzle with olive oil. Mix to coat pasta so it doesn't stick.
  • Add a few tbsp of pesto at a time to your pasta, stirring in between & adding some pasta water to loosen it up if necessary. Repeat this process until your pasta is coated with pesto to your desired taste. Watch our food-torial for this recipe HERE.
  • Take your leftover portion of salmon & break up using a fork to desired texture. Add to bowl with pesto-drenched pasta & mix. Serve immediately. Garnish with freshly-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese & fresh basil. Makes 4-6 servings. Buon appetito! Tag us on Instagram @house_of_kerrs or comment below if you try! #LaCucinadiKerrs
    Salmon Pesto Pasta Recipe | Quick and easy dinner ideas | HouseofKerrs.com