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Seared Salmon with Pesto Fettuccine

Seared Salmon with Pesto Fettuccine

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.


about 1 pound salmon & 5 cups pasta

Prep Time

20 minutes

Total Time

20 minutes


  • 8ounces whole-wheat fettuccine
  • 3/5cup pesto
  • 1 1/4pounds wild salmon, skinned and cut into 4 portions
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/4teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add fettuccine and cook until just tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with pesto.
  2. Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large 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.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes about 1 pound salmon & 5 cups pasta)

Calories 605.62kcal
Carbohydrate Total 44.39g
Total Sugars 1.55g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 6.43g
Total Fat 29.28g
Saturated Fat 7.1g
Mono Saturated Fat 16.41g
Cholesterol 6.26mg
Sodium 536mg
Protein 43.6g
Potassium 892.01mg
Calcium 365.11mg
Chromium 0.03mcg
Folate 54.81mcg
Iron 4.22mg
Magnesium 133.61mg
Omega-3 2g
Omega-6 2g
Trans Fatty Acid 0.01g
Vitamin A 590.66IU
Vitamin D 543.39IU
Vitamin B12 0.46mcg
Vitamin C 4.71mg
Vitamin E 5mg
Zinc 3.08mg
Phosphorus 733.94mg
Vitamin B3 4.53mg

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