Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!
–cod (size of 4 decks of cards, 1 pound)
–basil (fresh, 5 or 6 medium leaves, cut up)
–marinara sauce (half a bottle; I used Ragu “Mama’s Special Garden”)
–red wine (one-eighth cup)
–minced garlic (1 tablespoon, bottled)
–salt and pepper
–extra virgin olive oil
–small shell pasta (1 cup, dry)
1 – Place the pasta in a covered baking dish. Add 1 cup water and a few drops of olive oil. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Microwave on high for 6 minutes for al dente. Cook on 50 percent power for 4 minutes for softer pasta.
2 – Place the marinara sauce, red wine, minced garlic, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and cut-up basil in a covered baking dish. Stir well. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.
3 – Submerge the cod in the sauce. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and a few drops of olive oil. Microwave on high for 9 minutes. Cod is done when it begins to break apart.
4 – Serve the cod and sauce hot, atop the pasta.
–cod and sauce inspired by C. Mabry, chef.