Years and years ago I used to make a dish. I loved it. The dish was fairly simple. It was a gnocchi dish with a simple tomato pan sauce, flavored with a few cloves. It cooked up in a few minutes and it tasted like you had spent all day working on it. A little while ago I found myself craving this dish again. Of course I had no gnocchi on hand, and no potatoes either. I also wanted to add some protein to the dish. I also figured that adding some fish to the recipe would increase the chances that our daughter would actually eat her dinner; in this case it worked, although there were complaints about the one-dish nature of the meal. I served it with pasta instead of gnocchi.
I found myself hesitant to add the cheese because of the fish. Obviously I added it; the finished product would not have been the same without it. It's funny how our ideas about what foods just don't go together never really leave us, isn't it? I try not to let it stop me, but I still hesitate.
At any rate, this dish went over quite well with the whole family. It makes an excellent weeknight meal, and the cloves make it taste special enough for a weekend too.
Fish in Clove Sauce (serves 4; approx. $2.74/serving)
3 hake fillets
1 jar tomatoes (3 pounds)
2 onions, diced
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf
4 - 5 cloves
Grated pecorino cheese to taste
1 box whole wheat pasta
- Whatever you would normally use to make pasta. I use a pretty standard pasta pot and colander, but maybe you have some esoteric method, I don't know.
- Large, deep saute pan
- Prepare your pasta according to package instructions.
- While you are cooking your pasta, heat the oil over low to medium heat in the saute pan.
- Add the garlic and onions along with the bay leaf. Cook until the onions are softened and the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the tomatoes and cloves and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a simmer. Lay the hake fillets on top of the tomatoes. Simmer until the fish is cooked through.
- When the pasta is cooked and drained, transfer it to the serving bowl. Pour the mixture from the pan on top of the pasta. The hake will probably break apart and that is fine.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top and serve.