Pesto Baked Salmon with Orzo Pasta

You'll love this tender pesto baked salmon paired with orzo pasta.

  • 450
  • 30 g
    Total Fat
  • 40 g
  • 5 g


Ingredients for 4 people

  • ½ of a box Barilla® Orzo, prepared according to package directions
  • 1 jar Barilla® Basil Pesto
  • 4 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 12 x 15-inch pieces parchment paper
  • 1 medium yellow squash or zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. 1
    Heat the oven to 375°F. Pat dry the salmon fillets and sprinkle them with pepper.
  2. 2
    To prepare each fillet, center it on a short end of a sheet of parchment, a few inches from the edge. Top it with 1 tablespoon of the pesto, then squash, olives, shallot, and capers. Fold the parchment in half crosswise over the salmon. Fold in a corner of the creased edge to seal it. Working around the perimeter of the packet, make another overlapping fold, then continue in this manner, overlapping as you go, until the packet is completely sealed.
  3. 3
    On a large baking sheet, place the pouches and bake until the salmon can be easily flaked with a fork, about 20 minutes.
  4. 4
    Serve with additional pesto and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve over pasta.

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