Ciao Bella! Italian spiced salmon, baked creamy orzo, summer squash and Parmesan finish off this refreshing meal. Pour the wine and set the table!
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Salmon Fillets, skinless(ContainsSeafood/Fruit de Mer, Fish/Poisson)
Before Starting, preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry produce.
Add 6 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a medium pot. (NOTE: Use same for 4 ppl.) Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. While the water comes to a boil, peel, then mince or grate garlic. Thinly slice green onions. Roughly chop parsley. Cut zucchini into 1/4-inch slices. Cut tomato into 1/4-inch pieces. Zest, then juice half the lemon. Cut remaining lemon into wedges.
Add orzo to the boiling water. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6-8 min. While the orzo cooks, pat salmon dry with paper towels. Sprinkle over half the Italian Seasoning, then season with salt and pepper. When orzo is done, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water (dbl for 4 ppl), then drain and set aside.
Heat the same pot over medium. When hot,add 1 tbsp butter (dbl for 4 ppl) and swirl to melt. Add garlic. Cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 30 sec. Remove pot from heat,then add orzo, lemon zest, green onions, tomatoes, reserved pasta water, half the parsley, remaining Italian Seasoning and 1 tbsp lemon juice (dbl for 4 ppl). Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Transfer orzo mixture to a lightly-oiled 8x8-inch baking dish (9x13 for 4 ppl). Shingle zucchini slices overtop. Drizzle with 1/2 tbsp oil (dbl for 4ppl), then sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in the middle of the oven, until zucchini is tender-crisp, 10-12 min.
While the orzo cooks, heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When hot, add 1/2 tbsp oil, then salmon. Pan-fry, until golden-brown and cooked through, 3-4 min per side.**
When zucchini is tender-crisp, turn oven to a high broil. Broil in the middle of the oven, until cheese is golden-brown, 2-3 min. Divide salmon and baked orzo between plates. Sprinkle over remaining parsley. Squeeze over a lemon wedge, if desired.