Baked Cod in Waxed Paper Recipe

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A clever method of cooking fish; the waxed paper seals in the moisture as the fish bakes, producing a tender, flavorful fillet, especially when cooked on a bed of pasta and topped with this zesty tomato sauce.
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  • 42 ounces Italian style tomatoes - chopped and undrained
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano - fresh and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley - fresh and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic - minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion - chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers - drained, rinsed and rough chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound spaghetti or linguini
Container: large baking sheet, waxed paper, saucepan, pasta pot
30 mins
30 mins
1 hr
  • Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the red onion, red pepper, garlic, oregano, parsley and capers.
  • Saute for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add canned tomatoes, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.
  • Stir and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes and then remove it from the heat.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions and then drain.
  • Place in a medium bowl and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Tear off 4 pieces of waxed paper to be 14 inches long.
  • Fold each sheet in half.
  • Cut an 8 or 9 inch circle, leaving the folded side intact. Open up the sheets.
  • On one of the circles, place a small amount of pasta.
  • Top with a spoonful of the tomato sauce and then a fish fillet. Top that with another spoonful of tomato sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • You may also sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top of the sauce.
  • Fold the other circle over the top.
  • Go around the edge and fold it over 2 or 3 times to seal.
  • Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the fillets.
  • Bake in a 350° F oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • Note: You will have sauce left over but it can be used as any pasta sauce would be used. The sauce makes approximately 4 cups.
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