Quick and Easy Herb-Butter Penne with Salmon

So I kind of recently came into the possession of 40 pounds of tomatoes. Long story. Don’t ask. Blondeish moment. Note to self: for future reference, 40 pounds is a LOT of tomatoes.

Well, these tomatoes came to me pretty much perfect, which meant that I had about 2 days to figure out what I was going to do with them. My friend and I planned a canning date (sounds super cool, huh?), but I knew I wanted to roast a good portion of them. I love, love, love Sara’s Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and having them on hand to use in place of sun-dried tomatoes (I do not like them, Sam I am…) or the puree instead of tomato paste.

I’ve also been trying to cook more fish. The problem is, my husband hates it. The good news is he’s out of town on business, so I decided to combine some of my favorite flavors and use up that frozen salmon in the meantime.

Roasted tomatoes are so amazing with salmon–salmon is a stronger fish, so the acid in the tomatoes helps temper that sometimes-fishy flavor. Also, the salmon is complemented rather than overwhelmed by the roasted garlic in the tomatoes. Add in some butter, pasta, oregano, fresh garlic, and a 20-minute meal and I’m a happy girl!

Serve this with a tossed green salad and a sourdough baguette (try spreading it with some of the roasted tomatoes) and you have a super elegant-yet-easy dinner.


  1. Looks really good. I just tried a sun dried tomatoes this week & posted it on my blog. I with you guys am not a fan. The roasted ones you mention sound very good though….I will have to give them a try.
    Thanks for your post:-)

  2. Could you make this meal with canned salmon some how? Mix it in or make patties? What do you suggest? (If you even think it'd work?) I have some canned salmon, and I don't know what to do with it!

  3. That sounds so good! I have a freezer full of salmon, so I will definitely have to give this a go. Now I can't wait until I get some tomatoes from my CSA. 🙂

  4. This looks great; perfect for summer! And I was just talking with someone that we didn't know how to roast tomatoes (timely post!)

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