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Well, well, well — do I have a treat for you!!
Another week, another dinner party. OK — “party” is a bit of a stretch. More like — cooking dinner for a friend 🙂
BUT anyways — I have got one heck of a menu for you tonight!
So I was strolling through the grocery store, and I came upon a jar of capers. And I *love* capers — They’re pickled little flower buds that have a bright, briny zing of flavor that goes wonderfully with fish and pasta.
So right then and there I decided to make a dish that included these little bad boys.
SO – I served a super flavorful artichoke, caper pasta with AMAZING broiled hake fish!
Let me just take a minute to talk about this fantastic fish. It was recommended to me by my fish monger. It was the catch of the day (wild, ocean caught), and his personal favorite! So I had to give it a try. And ohmygosh. This is 2nd ONLY to Sea Bass. This fish was SO flakey, moist, buttery, meaty-yet-delicate, and reminded me a lot of sea bass! It’s a member of the Cod family, and is lovingly referred to as “poor man’s lobster.” YOU’VE GOT TO TRY IT.
Plus, this whole meal is gluten free and Paleo!
So, if I haven’t sold you on this menu yet —
Here’s what you need: (Serves 2-3)
Hake Fish (1/2 lb. per person)
1 Tbsp EVOO
Lemon zest and juice
Salt and pepper
3 servings brown rice or quinoa spaghetti (or pasta of choice)
1/2 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen artichoke hearts, quartered
3 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tsp dried oregano and basil
1/2 cup white wine
1/4-1/2 cup vegetable stock
12 kalamata olives, sliced
1/3 cup capers, drained and rinsed
reserved pasta water ((Literally grab a mug, and put some pasta cooking water in it before you drain out the pasta))
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Preheat the broiler in the oven. On a tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet, place your hake fillet. Drizzle it with 1 Tbsp EVOO, and top with the zest and juice of one lemon, salt and pepper. Broil for 10 minutes until flakey.
Boil your pasta, according to package directions. ((In my humble opinion, this brand makes hands down, the best gluten free pasta. — NOT sponsored))
Meanwhile, sauté the onions in 1 Tbsp EVOO with salt and pepper. After they soften for about 5 minutes, add the garlic and dried herbs. After a minute, add in the mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes until they brown. Deglaze with the white whine and let reduce.
Next, stir in the frozen artichoke hearts and allow them to defrost. (This will only take a minute.) Then, stir in the tomatoes and vegetable stock. Let them warm through, and it is now ready for the pasta! Right before you add in the pasta, stir in the olives, capers and most (reserves some for garnish) of your fresh basil. Add some reserved pasta water to help create a silky sauce.
This pasta was SO YUMMY! There was a tang that you can only get from those little capers! The mushrooms added an earthy meatiness, the basil offered a burst of freshness, while the artichokes offered depth of flavor and great texture! Paired with the lemony, delicate hake fish, we were practically licking our plates!
And it was so beautiful! It looked like the Italian flag with the red, white and green! Not to mention, it was so rustically fabulous with that homemade sauce. My guest couldn’t believe that I made it!
And finally, that hake fish — when I say it was flakey — it was flakey! They don’t call it “poor man’s lobster” for nothing! It was almost sweet — not fishy at all! Next time I see hake fish, your girl is getting it!!
What’s your favorite type of pasta?
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31 responses to “Italian Artichoke Pasta!”
Are you making these plates up as you go along or from existing receipes? Just curious 🙂 sounds delicious.
Thanks! Nope they’re all from my brain!! 🤓 Hugs and love xox
This looks delish! I enjoy creating meals from my brain too, but mine do not usually look as lovely as this.
Thanks you so much!! Haha yay brain food! Hugs and love xox
👉👍👌👈 hey that’ll work xxx
Wife hates fish and mushrooms. Will try subbing salted pork and sliced zucchini soaked in garlic.
Yes! Those sounds like great substitutions! Or just omitting the mushrooms is an option too! Thanks Clayton for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
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Thanks Tonya for the link up! Hugs and love xox
thanks so much Dawn! hugs xo
Looks so tasty and attractive too! Makes me hungry!
Thanks so much! Oh my goodness it was so tasty! Hugs and love xox
XOXO hugs and love!
looks great and definitely gives me some ideas (I like the jumbo capers because I love the brightness so much)… you should try Tilefish if you see it, usually hand caught, deep sea fish, maybe we see it here a couple of times a year, sometimes called Golden Tilefish, it holds up real well and is similar to Hake, sea bass is just sooo expensive, here @ wegman’s it is usually 26.99 a lb, sorry, even if I have the money that is nuts! especially if icelandic char or flounder hovers around $10-$12 for super flaky fish
Thanks south David! I love tilefish! Yeah sea bass is definitely a pretty penny! I love I elaborate char too! Yum!! Hugs and love xox
Hake & Chips is Cape Town’s signature dish. Thanks for another uplifting post, enjoyed reading. Like having an exotic holiday.
Oh really?! Sounds Like my kind of place! Thanks Pete!
Looks and sounds yummerful! So you could do a great cooking show… In your spare time, 😂.
Thanks so much! Hahah oh gosh that’s the dream!! Hugs and love xox
This looks good. My wife loves artichoke anything, and she’s always looking for seafood recipes.
But she just called from the grocery store. Her brother in Port Arthur, Texas just went into a diabetic coma. He only eats one meal a day, and we are guessing that he forgot to eat, maybe for a couple of days. He had been my mother-in-law’s primary care giver and since she passed away a couple of years ago, my wife’s brother has been kind of ‘lost’ – not wanting to eat, wanting to move back to west Texas where he spent his youth. When one of the sisters drags him to their house, he’ll eat a full meal. I thought of you, because these may be signs of an eating disorder, beyond depression. We live in Pennsylvania, kinda hard to fix the problem in Texas, but what should be done?
He might have died this time if it were not for his older brother who visited and saw erratic behavior (due to low sugar, but unknown at the time) and spent the night to keep an eye on him.
Thanks so much!! Oh my gosh!! That’s terrible! I so sorry to hear that! I will be praying for him!! I’m glad you’re brother happened to check on him that day. Gosh so scary. Hugs and love xox
Thank you for the prayers.
I love pasta. 🙂
It’s truly a heavenly gift! Hugs and love xox
Now Caralyn, this is something to die for! Man that looks so good and my best aunt or grandmothers were no better and they really knew their stuff when it came to cooking! Now that I’m so damn hungry I have to go whip something up, hopefully this good; all I can say is thanks and why don’t you open a restaurant, I’d wait in line for this! 🍝😋
Blessings and a big hug with the thank you!
BTW when it comes to articles; now ya cookin!!! 🍝😋
Just trying to catch up from the Crash. This is another great dish. Keep up the great works. Are you finding your happiness?.
thank you 🙂 yes i am!! are you!? hugs x