Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta Recipe

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Pesto Salmon Over Lemon Pasta Recipe
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
4487
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
245g
100%
Sugar
19g
N/A
Saturated Fat
68g
100%
Cholesterol
311mg
100%
Protein
192g
100%
Carbs
371g
100%
Vitamin A
1369µg
100%
Vitamin B12
10µg
100%
Vitamin B6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C
128mg
100%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
32mg
100%
Vitamin K
1381µg
100%
Calcium
3004mg
100%
Fiber
24g
96%
Folate (food)
396µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
396µg
99%
Iron
22mg
100%
Magnesium
689mg
100%
Monounsaturated
117g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
32mg
100%
Phosphorus
3187mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
41g
N/A
Potassium
3380mg
97%
Riboflavin (B2)
2mg
98%
Sodium
5128mg
100%
Thiamin (B1)
1mg
82%
Trans
0.5g
N/A
Zinc
18mg
100%