Friday, March 17, 2017

Codfish with Chickpeas

The Lenten season is here and that means no meat on Fridays for many of us. Even if you don't observe Lent, this dish is one of my favorites for so many reasons. 
First of all, it's delicious. Second of all, it's easy to make and third of all, it's low in calories.
What more could you want, except maybe someone to shop for you and cook for you? 
One of the things that takes this over the top in flavor are the tomatoes I used in the recipe. 
They're small grape tomatoes that come in a jar and I bought them at a local gourmet store. Use canned or jarred cherry tomatoes if you can't find these grape tomatoes, or just plain old canned diced tomatoes from the supermarket. But if you can find these specialty jarred grape tomatoes, or a similar brand, they're worth the extra cost. 
They're so sweet I could have eaten them from the pan just with the chickpeas and seasonings added. A nice swipe of bread is all I needed. Actually, dropping a few eggs into this would make a wonderful lunch or dinner too, even without the fish.
But back to the cod. After you've cooked the sauce, add the chunks of codfish and put the lid on the pan.
Cook the fish for five minutes with the lid on, and you're done. Sprinkle with more basil and parsley and serve.
This dish comes together start to finish in less than a half hour. It would make a great do-ahead dish for company too if you cook the sauce and chickpeas ahead of time, then add the fish just before you're ready to eat. 
Wouldn't you like to dig into this?
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Codfish with Chickpeas

for two people
1 lb. codfish, cut into large pieces
1/4 cup minced onion
2 large garlic cloves
2 T. olive oil
1 12.4 oz. container cherry or grape tomatoes (datterini)
1/3 cup white wine
15 oz. can chickpeas
salt, pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil
freshly minced basil
freshly minced parsley

Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until wilted. Add the tomatoes and smash them flat with a fork or wooden spoon. Sauté briefly then add the white wine and stir. Next add the chickpeas, salt, pepper, basil and parsley, keeping some of the fresh herbs aside to use at the end. Put the lid on and simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes.

Add the codfish, season with salt and pepper, then put the lid on again, for about five minutes or until just cooked through. DON'T overcook or it will break up into small pieces.

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Rosa said...

A mouthwatering dish! This is such a great combination.



Marisa Franca @ Allourway said...

I've never tried cod with chickpeas. We've been eating quite a bit of fish and cod is one of our favorites. Your recipe certainly makes a complete and delicious meal. I'm pinning to make for our next cod meal. Happy St. Patrick's Day and have a happy weekend.

Paola said...

Flavorful, healthy, and one pan - it doesn’t get better than that! Your dish reflects the Mediterranean table and is exactly the type of food more of us should be eating. It is perfect addition to a kosher repertoire and makes a lovely presentation on the table.

Chiara Giglio said...

un piatto delizioso, sano e leggero, cosa volere di più?Buon weekend !

Frank Fariello said...

Looks lovely. Baccalà e ceci was a favorite dish of our in Rome. This is quite different but it looks equally enticing.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

This looks like a lovely lo-cal way to eat cod rather than breaded and slathered in tartar sauce! I'll pin this to remember next time we have cod, Linda!

Lori Lynn said...

This is my perfect dinner. Looks great!
Love the Lake Como pic, awesome - sounds like a fabulous opportunity.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

od fish is my husband"s favorite! i know he'd love it prepared this way.

Wish I could go to lake Como with you but we will most likely visit southern Italy sometime this summer so my husband can visit with relatives there. We may go as far north as Genoa as the also has relatives there.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Linda, this looks fantastic, I'm going to make it!

Elisa said...

Delizioso questo piatto:-)
Brava! Un grande saluto dal Sporthotel Obereggen. Elisa