ITALIAN COD BASIL WITH MARINARA SAUCE SEASONED WITH FRESH BASIL – RED WINE – MINCED GARLIC ATOP SMALL SHELL PASTA

Fresh basil makes this recipe sing!

For 4:

–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.

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