Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta Recipe

Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta Recipe
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Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta
Megan Watson
Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta

Here’s an easy and delicious salmon and pasta dish that’s perfect for a casual get-together with close friends or a busy weeknight dinner. For a healthier meal, try using whole-wheat or spelt pasta. — Will Budiaman

1
Servings
1465
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Oil or cooking spray, for the baking dish
  • Two 4-ounce salmon fillets
  • Juice of 1 ½ lemons plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2  cup  white wine
  • 1  pound  angel hair pasta or spaghetti
  • 1  teaspoon  sea salt
  • 1  tablespoon  butter or butter substitute
  • 1/2  tablespoon  basil
  • 1 1/2  cup  Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2  cup  pesto
  • Cherry tomatoes, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/2  lemon, sliced thinly

Directions

Lightly coat a baking dish large enough to accommodate the fish with oil or cooking spray. Place the salmon in the dish skin side down. Run a finger over the flesh to make sure all bones have been removed. Use pliers to pull out any that remain. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the fish and add the white wine. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.

Preheat the broiler.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Add the angel hair pasta with the sea salt. Cook according to package directions. When done, drain and toss in a bowl with the butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, basil, and Parmesan cheese.

Coat the top side of the fish with a thick layer of pesto. It should be between 1/8- to ¼-inch-thick, and cover the surface of the fish.

Place the fish under the broiler about 9 inches from heat source. Broil for 8-10 minutes per inch of thickness, or until the fish flakes and the flesh is opaque. The pesto should have formed a heavily browned crust.

Remove from the oven and set aside for a few minutes. Squeeze ½ of the second lemon over the fish. Place the lemon slices on individual servings, or arrange on the whole flank if serving at the table. Serve the salmon on top of the pasta.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
103g
100%
Sugar
20g
22%
Saturated Fat
50g
100%
Cholesterol
264mg
88%
Carbohydrate, by difference
54g
42%
Protein
68g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
623µg
89%
Vitamin B-12
7µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
17mg
23%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
235µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
3613mg
100%
Choline, total
102mg
24%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Fluoride, F
202µg
7%
Folate, total
112µg
28%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
221mg
69%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
3mg
60%
Phosphorus, P
2317mg
100%
Riboflavin
2mg
100%
Selenium, Se
61µg
100%
Sodium, Na
6884mg
100%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
1µg
7%
Water
713g
26%
Zinc, Zn
13mg
100%

Pesto Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pesto Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

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