Meal Kit

Basil Pesto Salmon

with grape tomatoes and goat cheese orzo

Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 3 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Fish (Salmon), Milk, Wheat

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Looks can be deceiving. It looks like a shiny new car, but it's nothing but rust inside. It looks like a perfectly good apple, but it's actually full of worms. But this surprise is a good one: orzo looks like slightly large rice, but it's actually a form of small pasta. A small pasta that becomes tangy and creamy when mixed with butter, Parmesan, and goat cheese, and pairs like a dream with the flaky salmon. Deception isn't always devious. Tip: Reserving pasta cooking water is a time-honored chef trick. This salty, starchy liquid is perfect for adding flavor and controlling the thickness of sauces.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    12 oz. Salmon Fillets
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • Info
    4 oz. Orzo Pasta
  • 1 Shallot
  • 2 Green Onions
  • Info
    1 oz. Goat Cheese
  • Info
    ⅗ oz. Butter
  • Info
    ½ oz. Grated Parmesan
  • Info
    1 Tbsp. Basil Pesto
  • 1 tsp. Meatloaf Seasoning

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Wire-Mesh Strainer

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using wild-caught salmon, follow same instructions as regular salmon in Steps 1 and 3, searing over medium heat on flesh side until golden brown, 2-4 minutes. Then follow same instructions until salmon reaches minimum internal temperature, 6-8 minutes.

  • If using NY Strip steak, follow same instructions as salmon in Steps 1. Follow same instructions as salmon in Step 3, searing undisturbed, 2 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet and roast in hot oven until steak reaches minimum internal temperature, 14-17 minutes. Halve to serve.

  • If using chicken, follow same instructions as salmon in Steps 1. Follow same instructions as salmon in Step 3, searing over medium heat until browned, 5-5 minutes. Transfer to baking sheet and roast in hot oven until chicken reaches minimum internal temperature, 10-12 minutes.

  1. 1

    Boil the Orzo Pasta

    Once water is boiling, add orzo pasta and cook until al dente, 4-5 minutes.

    Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta into a wire-mesh strainer and set aside.

    While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.

  2. 2

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Halve tomatoes.

    Trim and thinly slice green onions.

    Peel and halve shallot. Slice thinly.

    Pat salmon dry, and season flesh-side with 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.

  3. 3

    Cook the Salmon

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add salmon to hot pan, flesh-side down, and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes.

    Transfer to prepared baking sheet, skin-side down. Wipe pan clean and reserve.

    Roast in hot oven until salmon reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 5-7 minutes.

    While salmon roasts, make orzo pasta.

  4. 4

    Start the Orzo Pasta

    Return pan used to cook salmon to medium heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and shallot to hot pan. Stir occasionally until shallot is softened, 1-2 minutes.

    Add orzo pasta, half the reserved pasta cooking water (reserve remaining for adjusting consistency later), tomatoes, and green onions. Stir occasionally until heated through, 1-2 minutes.

  5. 5

    Finish Pasta and Finish Dish

    Add butter, Parmesan, seasoning blend, goat cheese (crumbling with your hands if needed), 1/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper to pan. Stir occasionally until butter melts and pasta is creamy, 1-2 minutes.

    Remove from burner.

    If too dry, add remaining pasta cooking water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

    Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping salmon with pesto. Bon appétit!

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