Striper Over Pasta

115e870b2eea5b8ac366c0eeeedcdc18It’s striper season! If you’re fortunate enough to be catching them yourself, or have generous friends who share their bounty, you know how great fresh striped bass can be. A little olive oil, salt and pepper and a hot grill equals a really good meal. With a little more effort,  you can produce an equally delicious alternative. This recipe will feed four to six people.

Striped Bass in Tomato Sauce on Pasta

1. Make a light tomato sauce by sauteing a diced medium onion in a little olive oil until it softens; add two cloves of minced garlic. Cook for about a minute. Add two (15 oz) cans of stewed (or diced) tomatoes with the juice and a third can drained. Break the tomatoes up a bit and let them simmer for about ten minutes. Add a few shakes of red pepper flakes, a little salt and pepper, and some shredded fresh basil.

2. Rub some olive oil on two pounds of striped bass fillets; season them with salt and pepper. Put the fillets in the center of a large Pyrex dish, leaving room on the sides for the tomato sauce. Pour the tomato sauce around the fish, but don’t cover it. Sprinkle bread crumbs on the fish. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on the crumbs to help them brown.

3. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes. Depends on the thickness of the fish.

4. Put a pound of cooked pasta in a warm serving bowl; cover the pasta with the baked fish and tomato sauce. Conventional wisdom says that grated cheese doesn’t go with fish, but I like it with this dish. Serve it on the side, and let people decide for themselves.

Tip: I like to toss the hot pasta with a little olive oil and pesto before I put it in the bowl. Maybe even a little grated Parmesan. Just helps to bump up the overall flavor of the dish.

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About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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