Friday, 13 March 2009

Nut Free Salad Pesto Pasta with a Pan Fried Cod Loin

Easiest and fairly healthy meal. Recipe Ingredients:
  • 400grs fresh pasta (I used spirals)
  • 250grs packet of three leaves salad (mine was, spinach, rocket and water cress)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red chilli
  • some olive oil
  • 1 juice of whole lemon
  • 4 fresh cod loins
  • salt and pepper to taste
In a frying pan put a little olive oil and two of the minced garlic cook for 1 minute add the salad, and toss it quickly when it goes limp and darker in colour pour it all into a jug and add 3 glugs of olive oil, the lemon juice the bell pepper and chilli, blitz it all with the blender. Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling water with a little salt and a little vegetable oil, it takes around 15 minutes to cook once cooked add the pesto, you made. Also on the pan you sautéed the salad add a little more olive oil the remaining garlic a little salt and pepper, and the cod loins you can squeeze a little lemon juice over them if you want it will take around three minutes on each side to cook completely depending on thickness, and is all done ...check the times and plan how and when to cook things so that all finishes at the same time, this is a lovely light and fast meal yet very filling and colourful. cheers!!


Chef E said...

The green is pretty! Happy St Paddy's Day to ya...and cod sounds good...I need to pick up fish for our meal on Friday!

Ricardo said...

How do you know I made it thinking of St Paddy, well my wife is Irish descendant thus the dish to celebrate, hope you get the fish you want...thx 4 visit and comment xx

Donna-FFW said...

Dish looks fabulous. Love pesto, have never tried without nuts, and the cod.. oh so good!

Ricardo said...

Thx Donna ..happy St Paddy's ..seems to be the theme of this dish.. thx 4 visit and comments. :D

Anonymous said...

Delicious pesto pasta and the cod sounds great with it!

Ricardo said...

Thx 5 Star, 4 visit and comment, it was quite nice, simple easy but nice.. cheers!! xxx

superbusygirl said...

I may have to make this dish this weekend! :D

Nicisme said...

That is one good looking plate of food Ricardo, very nice!

Tangled Noodle said...

Wonderful! I've made pestos with the usual pignolas and even walnuts but always wondered if they were absolutely required. Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious - I love the three salad leaves that you chose.

Ricardo said...

Hi ya Superbusy, thanx I hope you love it is really easy and very very nice..thx for visit and comment...let us know how it went.. have a great weekend. xx

Nicisme, how nice of you to leave such a nice comment. thx for the visit too xx :D

Ricardo said...

Tangled I haven't forgotten you. Pesto is really meant to have some sort of nuts like pine-nuts or walnuts etc, and a pungent herb like basil or coriander etc..however many people are allergic to nuts, and a lot of people find the pungency of the herb overpowering, so I thought, make one that doesn't have nuts nor is overpowering, but I was scared that would go horribly wrong...but it didn't so I am happy.. thx for comment and visit. :D xx

Springtime said...

I love the sound of the pesto, a really good recipe for using up half-used bags of salad (rocket, watercress, etc)!

Can't wait to try it!

SaraLynn said...

looks wonderful :)

Ricardo said...

Wow Springtime, didn't even think of that one using half's of bags of salad in the fridge, as I purchased one on purpose for this, but you 100% right I always have leftover bits of salad, what a great idea. Thanks for visit and comment as well as the idea. luv'd it. xx ;D

SaraLynn Thx 4 visit and comment, appreciated :D xx

Christelle said...

great presentation! :)))))))))

Ricardo said...

Thank you so much Christelle, both for visit and comments. :D xx

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMM...I just love those fresh spring flavours combines with the fish!! That is what spring is all about!! Watercress is in season & this I would like to eat now with a good glass of Sauvignon wine,....MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!

Ricardo said...

Such a nice comment. I luv ya. ths for visit and comment. :D xx


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