Garlic-Caper Salmon with Calabrian Asparagus & Creamy Lemon Orzo
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Garlic-Caper Salmon

with Calabrian Asparagus & Creamy Lemon Orzo

35 MIN
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    In this dish, a duo of aromatic garlic and briny capers—cooked briefly together to bring out their flavors—creates a simple, irresistible topping for our Italian-seasoned salmon. It all comes together over a bed of creamy orzo mixed with asparagus, which we’re cooking with a bit of Calabrian chile paste for a pleasant kick of heat.
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    Garlic-Caper Salmon with Calabrian Asparagus & Creamy Lemon Orzo
    Title
    • 18 oz Tail-On Shrimp (Peeled & Deveined)
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • ½ lb Orzo Pasta
    • 2 Tbsps Capers
    • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
    • ½ cup Cream
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 Tbsp Calabrian Chile Paste
    • 1 Lemon
    • ¾ lb Asparagus
    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients
    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (keeping the pointed tips intact). Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.
    Cook the pasta
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the asparagus
    3 Cook the asparagus

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the asparagus pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add half the chopped garlic and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the asparagus is softened. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    Cook the shrimp
    4 Cook the shrimp

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails if desired); place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning; stir to coat. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until opaque and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping
    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.
    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked asparagus, cream, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked shrimp and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients
    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Snap off and discard the tough, woody stem ends of the asparagus; cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (keeping the pointed tips intact). Roughly chop the capers. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Quarter and deseed the lemon.
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Cover to keep warm.

    Cook the pasta
    Cook the asparagus
    3 Cook the asparagus

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the asparagus pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 1 to 2 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add half the chopped garlic and as much of the chile paste as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the asparagus is softened. Transfer to a bowl; cover with foil to keep warm. Rinse and wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the shrimp

    Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels (remove the tails if desired); place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning; stir to coat. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until opaque and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

    Cook the shrimp
    Make the garlic-caper topping
    5 Make the garlic-caper topping
    In the pan of reserved fond, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the chopped capers and remaining chopped garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until slightly softened. Turn off the heat and carefully stir in the juice of 2 lemon wedges.
    6 Finish the pasta & serve your dish
    To the pot of cooked pasta, add the cooked asparagus, cream, and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges. Stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the cooked shrimp and garlic-caper topping. Garnish with the cheese. Enjoy!

    Finish the pasta & serve your dish
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