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Baked Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Basil-Bacon Peas

Julie Hubert

"Orzo, lemon, basil, bacon, peas, and baked sockeye salmon come together to make a quick and easy weeknight pasta dish for the whole family."
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50 m servings 702 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mix garlic powder, 4 leaves basil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a small bowl.
  4. Place salmon skin side-down on the prepared pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle garlic-basil mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until salmon flakes easily with a fork, about 8 minutes. Remove and let rest.
  6. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring often, until crispy, about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and peas. Season with pepper. Cook and stir until peas are heated through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Whisk remaining 3 tablespoons butter, juice from 1 lemon, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt together in a bowl. Pour over the cooked orzo and toss to coat. Season with pepper.
  8. Divide orzo among 4 plates; top with salmon and place peas on the side. Garnish with the remaining basil. Drizzle remaining lemon juice on top.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 702 calories; 30.1 g fat; 59.7 g carbohydrates; 51.1 g protein; 153 mg cholesterol; 1278 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I made this recipe as turned out okay, not bad and not great. I do agree mixing the orzo and peas together(on your plate) makes for a better bite with the salmon. careful with adding...

Easy and good. I mixed the peas with the orzo.

This was delicious! I followed the recipe exactly except for the amount of lemon juice that I added to the Orzo. I added the lemon juice a little at a time and tasted, I don't like too much of a...

I loved this, especially the lemon orzo, but it all worked so well together. Loved that a side was included with the recipe too.