Baked Halibut with Orzo, Spinach, and Cherry Tomatoes
By: Chef Richard Category: Main Dish / Seafood Makes: 2 servings
Here’s a complete meal from just seven ingredients. For more Mediterranean flavor, add sliced Kalamata olives and toasted pine nuts to the pasta.
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 6 to 7 ounce halibut fillets
1 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk 2 tablespoons oil and lemon juice in small bowl; season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. Place halibut on rimmed baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle lightly with some of dressing. Bake until just opaque in center, about 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite; drain. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil and garlic to same saucepan; sauté over medium heat 1 minute. Add drained pasta, spinach and tomatoes; stir to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 minute (spinach will wilt). Divide pasta between 2 plates. Top with halibut and remaining dressing.