Tuesday, February 21, 2012

roasted salmon and vegetables with herbed orzo... 50 minutes

the goods:

1 and 1/4 pounds carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch wedges
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 skinless salmon fillets
1/2 pound orzo
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in middle and lower thirds. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss carrots and onions with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on middle rack until tender and onions are golden, about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Line another rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Season salmon with salt and pepper and roast on bottom rack until opaque throughout, about 12 minutes.

 Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain, return to pot, and toss with butter, dill, parsley, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer 4 salmon fillets and 1 cup vegetable to an airtight container (for Asian-style salmon burgers); refrigerate, up to 3 days.

Serve remaining salmon fillets and vegetables with herbed orzo.

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