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a big bowl of lemon caper pesto salmon pasta

Lemon Caper Pesto Salmon Pasta

This incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious Lemon Caper Pesto Salmon Pasta is a gourmet dinner ready in less than 25 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2 servings
Calories 824


  • 8 ounces salmon ((two 4-ounce filets))
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 8 ounces pasta (I used peppered basil)
  • 2-3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic (minced)
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • small handful of fresh basil


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place each salmon filet on a square of parchment paper and top with pesto. Wrap pesto around salmon like a present. Bake in preheated oven until flaky and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
  • While the salmon is cooking, cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the instructions.
  • Add the fresh spinach to two bowls.
  • When the pasta is done cooking, drain it and set aside. Add the butter, olive oil, and garlic to the pot and cook the garlic until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the zest, lemon juice, capers, and cooked pasta to the pot. Toss to combine.
  • Add the hot pasta to the bowls on top of the spinach. Top with a hot salmon filet.


Recipe to make your own homemade pesto: https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/basil-pesto/


Calories: 824kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3638IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4mg