I was supposed to cook Spanish Sardines pasta cause I was craving for it since the other day but I realized that I have nothing left inside the pantry cabinet but my gourmet tuyo. Then I remember I bought tinapa the other day when I went to market to replenish our fish stocks assuming the Enhance Community Quarantine is extended. And I was right, as of posting, Pres Duterte has just approved the extension until April 30. It’s a good decision though despite of the economic drawback because that’s the best contribution we can give to help flatten the curve. I support the gov’t campaign on staying home, all the way. With pasta on my side, I cannot complain.
Here’s the ingredients and cooking procedure:
5-6 pcs fried tinapa; deboned, and flaked
1/2 cup of olive oil
6 tomatoes sliced (you can use 250g sachet tomato sauce though fresh tomatoes tastes better with it)
2 white onions
5 cloves garlic
Carrots; thinly sliced (optional)
Green olives (optional)
Crushed peppercorns (or just ground pepper)
Parmesan (you can use cheddar cheese, too)
Lemon, dried basil or dried parsley to garnish
How to cook:
1. Cook the pasta al dente, or per instruction. Put a lot of salt to the boiling water and a little oil. Drain. Set aside. I usually cook it around 7mins then let the pasta stay on the water for another 1 min then wash it. Sprinkle olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking.
2. In a deep skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Then saute tomatoes and onion then pour the remaining oil. Cook for atleast 5mins or until the onions are tranparent and tomatoes are reduced to its size or wrinkled. Add garlic. Salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for another 2mins. Do not burn the garlic.
3. Put the deboned Tinapa. Cook for 2 mins. Add carrots, olives, pickles. Let it simmer for 5mins. Add salt if needed.
Turn off the heat. Toss the pasta with the sauce. Sprinkle parmesan, chili flakes and dried parsley/basil. Top with a slice of lemon.
Now eat, Netflix and chill. Will be sending some for bff. 🥰 Kailangan may karamay ako tumaba. 😛
Happy Cooking, Malditas!