Grenadir with Leftover Potato and Pasta

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Grenadir with leftover potato and pasta is an excellent, simple side dish that is flavorful and can stand on its own as a vegetarian main dish.


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You don’t need any culinary skills to make leftover potato and pasta dish; it is super easy and fast. Grenadir also called Granadir or Grenadier Marsh is a very common dish in Central Europe.


It is typical military food as it is both cheap and filling, hence the name – Grenadier Marsch. I make it when I have leftover pasta or potatoes – it’s an excellent way to use them up.


one plate serving of grenadir


I believe that such uncomplicated peasant noodle dish you can make in no time as this Grenadir is worthy of Noodles Without Borders collection, and that’s why I’m sharing it with you today. 


If you’re new here, Noodles Without Borders is an obsession with noodles shared with my friend Bobbi of Healthy World Cuisine. We started it just over a year ago.


Every first Tuesday of the month, we each share a noodle recipe from somewhere around the world. Be sure to visit Bobbi’s page and search for her noodle dishes. You won’t regret it! 


If you want to see all the pasta recipes we made this far, check out the full list in this last, sweet Jewish noodle post. 


close up of two grenadir servings


Grenadir is one of those dishes that triggers childhood memories of happiness and content even though I never associated food with happiness when I was a wee child.


But now…the aroma of onions hitting the hot oil always tickles my nose and makes me hungry. I promise you will like it too. You can totally make it from scratch instead of leftovers. Or cook one ingredient if you only have remainders of another. 




Well, besides some extra potatoes and noodles from another meal, you will also need:


  • Onion
  • Oil
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chives or parsley for garnish (optional)


Ingredients for Grenadir pasta and potato dishdish


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two white plates on a white tablecloth with potato pasta dish




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This dish is so simple, a monkey could make it! 🐵 Speaking of monkeys, my granddaughters [whom I affectionately call monkeys] have helped me make this dish before.


My 7-yo is into chopping everything in sight and her 4-yo sister loves adding herbs and seasonings and stirring the pot.


Your kids could also (help) make it in these easy steps:


  1. Sauté chopped onions in oil until translucent. Add cooked potatoes and sprinkle with paprika.
  2. Add cooked pasta and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chives or parsley.
  3. Enjoy!


It doesn’t get easier than that!


Step by step photos of how to make grenadir




This Croatian potato and pasta dish is usually served as a side to baked, roasted, or grilled meats, like pork chops, sausages, and chicken, alongside fresh garden greens




  • You can cook potatoes with or without skin first. Using leftover dairy-free mashed potatoes works as well. 
  • Any types of potatoes are fine. I usually have russet potatoes in my pantry, which is what I used here. 
  • Same goes for macaroni. I used penne because I had extra on hand, but any short pasta such as ziti, rigatoni, rotini or fusilli would do just fine. There are no rules!
  • For non-vegetarian, main entrée version, add ham cubes (see the photo below) or bacon.


Grenadir as a main dish with ham

Serve it with ham for the main course.


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Grenadir with Leftover Potato and Pasta

This excellent, simple side dish is made using leftover potatoes and pasta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Croatian
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Jas


  • 4 cups cooked potatoes, (about 1 1/2 lbs uncooked) cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 4 cups cooked pasta (about 8oz. uncooked) short shaped like penne
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • chives for garnish fresh or dried


  • In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add one chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about five minutes.
  • Add 4 cups of cooked potatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste; dust with 1 tablespoon paprika.
  • Stir in 4 cups of cooked pasta. Mix to combine and heat through. Garnish with chives if using. Enjoy!


  • You can cook potatoes with or without skin first. Using leftover dairy-free mashed potatoes works as well. 
  • Any types of potatoes are fine. I usually have russet potatoes in my pantry, which is what I used here. 
  • Same goes for macaroni. I used penne because I had extra on hand, but any short pasta such as ziti, rigatoni, rotini or fusilli would do just fine. There are no rules!
  • For non-vegetarian, main entrée version, add ham cubes (see the photo in post) or bacon.


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Nutrition Facts
Grenadir with Leftover Potato and Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 999mg29%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 862IU17%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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33 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kim | Give it Some Thyme
    October 3, 2019 at 10:40 am

    What a delicious and cozy dish! Perfect for fall and love re-purposing leftovers into something new. Yum!!

    1. Reply
      October 4, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Thank you, Kim! I don’t like wasting food. It must be the Balkan’s people trait as we have many recipes using leftovers. 🙂

  2. Reply
    October 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    When I saw the “no culinary skills” bit I was hooked already. Plus my hubby, being half Irish/half Scottish looooooves his potatoes. Guess it’s another one of your recipes that going into the “must try” file. Damn that file is getting real full too. Thanks Jas

    1. Reply
      October 2, 2019 at 9:48 pm

      Haha, you must start making them then, so your pile gets smaller. 😉 I hope you and your hubby enjoy this one! Hugs!

  3. Reply
    Healthy World Cuisine
    October 1, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    When it gets cooler, we just crave carbs and this recipe has got us covered. Nice video and super easy week day recipe. Thanks so much for making Noodles without borders so fun.

    1. Reply
      October 2, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      I crave carbs year round, lol. Thanks, Bobbi! Without you, NWB wouldn’t be as fun. Take care. x

  4. Reply
    October 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    This pasta and potato dish looks so yummy! Such a great way to use up leftover pasta or potatoes. Definitely a perfect comfort dish!

  5. Reply
    Alexandra Shunk
    October 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

    I have never Grenadir with Leftover Potato and Pasta before but what a great idea!! I love the idea of adding ham too since we all know men need meat in order to be considered a “full meal”. Lol!

    1. Reply
      October 1, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Ain’t that right? LOL Thanks for stopping in, Aleka! xx

  6. Reply
    plasterer bristol
    July 14, 2015 at 2:22 am

    yum this sounds really nice. Thanks for putting this up.


    1. Reply
      July 14, 2015 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, Simon!

  7. Reply
    May 30, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    This is tempting! Thanks for linking up and sharing your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday. I hope you join us again this week.

    1. Reply
      May 31, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I’ll be there, Sherry! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Reply
    May 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I love recipes with few ingredients, and this sounds like something my boys would be happy to eat! Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday!

    1. Reply
      May 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

      You’re welcome! Hope your boys like it. I know we do 🙂

  9. Reply
    May 25, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Thank you for sharing at Waiting on…Wednesday!

    Holly @

    1. Reply
      May 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Love your party!

  10. Reply
    My Rose Colored Shades
    May 21, 2015 at 7:51 am

    This looks easy, yummy and something the whole family can enjoy. Just my kind of recipe. Thanks for sharing! ~Cynthia

    1. Reply
      May 21, 2015 at 8:03 am

      Thanks, Cynthia! Hope you have an awesome day!

  11. Reply
    May 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    This looks delicious! I would love to have you share it on my recipe link up Tasty Tuesday. Everything gets pinned and I would love to have you!

    1. Reply
      May 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! I love to party, so see you there!

  12. Reply
    Love Keil (MunchkinTime)
    May 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Those pictures are sooo beautifu! Thank you for sharing this recipe, pinning it!

    1. Reply
      May 19, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you! I’m making your Alaskan Cod with roasted vegetables right now :D. Can’t wait to try it!!!

      1. Love Keil (MunchkinTime)
        May 25, 2015 at 11:38 am

        No way! Did you liked it!?!

      2. allthatsjas
        May 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm

        Yes way! We ate it before I could take a photo, but your photos are way better anyway! We loved it! My husband doesn’t like spicy food so I omitted the green chile. It was a feast for the eye and the mouth! 😀

  13. Reply
    May 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

    It looks delicious!

    1. Reply
      May 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you, Shantel!

  14. Reply
    veronica lee
    May 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Looks sooooooo delish! Pinned!
    Happy Monday!

    1. Reply
      May 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Thank you, Veronica! Happy Monday to you too! 🙂

  15. Reply
    May 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Yes, I like these beautiful pictures, charming and rich pasta!

    1. Reply
      May 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thank you, Leovi! Have a great day!

  16. Reply
    Joanne T Ferguson
    May 17, 2015 at 1:29 am

    This looks delicious Jas! Pinned and shared!

    1. Reply
      May 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for sharing, Joanne! That’s very sweet of you 🙂

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