Sunday, 27 May 2012

Broccoli, Salmon and Cream Cheese Penne

Hey guys I am on a roll with my pasta recipes today...

Sometimes for me this is the quickest thing to prepare and I know it will be a complete meal for everyone.
This recipe is child tested and approved...Hurray!!


2 1/2 cups of broccoli (lightly pre steamed so that they are still green and chopped.)
1 yellow onion chopped
3 garlic cloves (2 if really large)
1 large piece of fresh salmon
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & pepper
Chili flakes  (optional)
100 g of Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 a cup of parmiggiano cheese
1 table spoon Basil from Gourmet Garden or fresh basil ( 6 leaves will be enough)
Penne Barilla or other kind of pasta of your choice but stick to a short pasta.

In a large pan add a small amount of olive oil enough to brown the chopped onion and garlic.
Make sure they become slightly golden brown. (don't burn them)

In the mean time prepare your water for the pasta. It should be on high to boil quickly. 
When it boils add abundant salt to the water and get ready to throw in your penne pasta.

Barilla penne cook in 11 minutes. So  your pasta should be ready and al dente just in time for your sauce to be ready.  
(if you don't yet feel comfortable cooking both sauce and pasta simultaneously, then cook your sauce and do the pasta afterwards).

Add the chopped pre steamed broccoli to the browned onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
Then add the salmon pieces you have cut from the larger fillet. Remember to remove any visible fish bones from the salmon and cut off the skin.

Cook for another 5 minutes until the salmon starts turning light pink.
Add a dash of garlic salt and pepper. You can also throw in some chill flakes, which are optional.

Add the cream cheese and stir until mixed evenly, add more cream cheese if you would like.  I just felt half a stick package of philadelphia cheese was enough.

Then add about a table spoon of Basil from Gourmet garden or some fresh cut basil, what ever you have available.
Keep stirring.

Drain you pasta. Add the pasta directly into the pan or if you feel that could get messy place first a small amount of the broccoli/cream cheese and salmon sauce in a bowl. Then pour the pasta and add the remaining sauce on top and mix evenly. You may add little olive oil to help you stir the pasta evenly then add parmiggiano and you are ready to enjoy your pasta.
Crack more fresh pepper before serving, if you wish.




  1. If I liked fish and Broccoli I'd eat it ;).

    Do you know North German potato salad ? i did some recently fot the braai :D.

  2. No but ill google it...if you would like to share your recipe we would love to try it....
    have you seen my other pasta's ...the ingredients can always be replaced..Maybe you can make a pasta with sausage and another vegetable with the cream cheese the world is your oyster with pasta..

  3. Godere di cottura del pesci pasta per la mia famiglia. Ciao Sara.


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  5. This looks like a perfect recipe for what I have in mind. Making it tonight!

  6. Great dish Sara, I made it tonight.