So I was sitting there wondering what I should make for dinner? Of course as usual I had forgotten to take meat out to thaw on time for dinner, but I remembered I had frozen Tilapia which can cook quickly frozen. I was pondering this when my daughter told me she felt like having some type of Italian pasta. I thought... can you make pasta with fish?
So I looked it up and sure enough their were tons of recipes, but none was exactly what I was wanting so I took a couple of ideas from a couple of different recipes and then I added my own ideas also :-)
It turned out so Yummy! So yummy in fact that my husband who does not normally like fish had 3 helpings! And it was a nice light summer meal, but yet very filling.
I hate posting pictures of food because it does not like as good in the picture as it does in person, but I thought I better give you an idea of how it looks.
So here is what I did :-)
about 5 Tilapia fillets
one small onion chopped up fine
a couple of cloves of garlic minced
1 tablespoon Parsely
1 tablespoon Oregano
1 tablespoon Basil
2 cans of Italian tomatoes
1/4 cup cream cheese
cup of frozen spinach
oil as needed in the cooking process
A 16 oz package of pasta (whatever you kind you like)
First bring a pot of water on the stove to boil (for the pasta) and turn the oven on to broil (for the fish). In a deep skillet saute onions and minced garlic in a couple of tablespoons olive oil at medium heat on the stove.
After the onions are cooked down add the two cans of diced Italian tomatoes (or you can used Italian stewed tomatoes instead.) Next add all the herbs and let it simmer. while that is simmering place Tilapia fillets on a shallow cooking sheet drizzle with oil and sprinkle with lemon pepper and season salt then place it in the oven to broil. (Add your pasta to the boiling water if it is ready at this point.) I don't know an exact time the fish are done under the broiler I just keep checking them until they look moist but flakey. Once they are done I add all the fish to the skillet mixture and mix it together (the fish naturally flakes off into chunks). Next I stir in the spinach and cream cheese and I let it simmer together until everything is mixed in and heated through. By this point your pasta should be done so you drain it. Spoon the Tilapia mixture over the pasta, sprinkle Parmesian or Feta cheese on top and enjoy!
I would love to hear back if you tried this meal and what you thought of it :-)