Seared Salmon with Pesto Fettuccine for Two

Seared Salmon with Pesto Fettuccine for Two

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

The brightness of basil pesto is a nice match for the buttery flavor of salmon in this quick and healthy dinner recipe. Refrigerated pesto, found near fresh sauces and salsas at most stores, is prettier and has a better taste than jarred varieties.

Ingredients 2 servings

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  • 4 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine
  • ⅓ cup refrigerated prepared pesto
  • 10 ounces wild Alaskan salmon (see Tip), skinned and cut into 2 portions
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


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  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook until just tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a medium bowl. Toss with pesto.
  2. Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a medium cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon and cook, turning once, until just opaque in the middle, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Serve the salmon with the pasta.
  • Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska) is considered the best choice for the environment because it's sustainably fished. Look for sustainably farmed Atlantic salmon, too (the label may say land- or tank-based); conventional farming methods endanger the wild salmon population. For more information about sustainable seafood, go to

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 4 oz. salmon & 1¼ cups pasta
  • Per serving: 603 calories; 28 g fat(7 g sat); 8 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 44 g protein; 48 mcg folate; 80 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 591 IU vitamin A; 5 mg vitamin C; 371 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 537 mg sodium; 768 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (37% daily value), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 4 lean meat, 4½ fat

Reviews 1

July 20, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Nice flavor I used Amore Pesto Paste vs ref. prepared pesto. Since this was my first experience ever using any type of pesto, I just added a little at a time mixed with Egg Noodles vs. Fettuccine and glad I did. I probably used about 1 tablespoon or more, it was so good! All together it was a quick and tasty meal. The meal was for 2 servings. We will have this more often! Cons: Quick meal to serve
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