Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fish and pumpkin pasta

Lauren has a new batch of steamed fish, and I overdid it in the produce section last weekend, so there is a lot of pumpkin lying around. Fish and pumpkin pasta it is.

I mentioned steaming fish, scrapping the flesh and freezing it; finally managed to take a picture of it last weekend. As Lauren is now older, I just leave the flesh in chunks, but when she was younger, I would puree before freezing it. Two to three cubes is just right for each meal. Take them out of the freezer when you start cooking the pasta, and set aside.

Boil quinoa pasta shells (or any pasta of your choice) with seaweed until cooked. Strain and set aside. Also soak a handful of frozen peas in hot water.

Cut pumpkin into cubes and saute with garlic until soft. Set aside.

Heat up olive oil and add minced garlic. Stir for a minute or two until fragrant. Add pasta shells, seaweed and fish. The fish should be semi-thawed; you finish the process in the pan. Cook for about five minutes. Strain the peas and add to the pan. Add the cooked pumpkin last. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds and parsley and serve hot.

This pasta has a lot of bite and taste and it's perfect for kids. Not too bad for adults either.


kitchen witch said...

I love this idea! I have one daughter who would probably lick the bowl clean if I served this to her. The other one would need to believe she was eating chicken, and then she would enjoy it (kids...go figure). But it's a great way to serve more fish to them (and us). I'm going to comb through your archives for the post on freezing fish. I'm sure it will come in handy. Thanks for sharing the idea.

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Elaine said...

Thank you! I'll check it out. With the fish, I steam a whole fish with a piece of ginger. Then I sit down and scrap the flesh into a bowl. Last step is scooping them into the ice-cube tray and freeze. Easy peasy:)

Alisa said...

Wow!What a great idea for storing fish!I'm glad you shared this. This would save me a lot of space in my tiny fridge. hope you could drop by sometime at our site http://www.foodista.com/blog Thanks for sharing this!

Elaine said...

Thanks Alisa. Your site is really cool:) How does it work?

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