Baccala alla Napoletana (Salt Fish Tomato Pasta Sauce)

Dried and salted whitefish is sold by weight in the  Caribbean store in Victoria Market in other stores it could be labelled is bacalao (Spanish) , morue (French) and baccalà ( Italian)

I love salty anchovies in a pasta sauce and wonderred in salt fish could be used in the same way, I found a few recipes for salt cod in a tomato sauces from Italy, to make this Baccala alla Napoletana.

The salt fish disintegrates into the tomato sauce adding a salty-creamy taste and the chilli adds a gentle kick against the fruity tomatoes.

Baccala alla Napoletana (Salt Fish Tomato Pasta Sauce)

100g of salt cod/fish
300g of fresh tomatoes ( or if using tinned add 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp of sugar)
150ml of water
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 tsp of fresh rosemary
2tsp of dried chilli flakes
3 tbsp of olive oil
2 tbsp of fresh parsley finely chopped
1 clove of garlic peeled and finely slice.
Juice of half a lemon

Serves 2

  1. To prepare the salt cod it needs to be soaked  for 24 hours, changing the water every 6 hours or so, for the final soaking pour over boiling water and leave for half a hour.
  2. The skin can then be removed and any bones removed.
  3. Cut into small 1cm pieces
  4. Finely chop the onion , garlic , rosemary  in olive oil until softened
  5. Add the tomatoes, water,  half the chilli and the cod.
  6. Very gently simmer for 30 minutes , add the parsley
  7. Cook the pasta and mix with the sauce
  8. Squeeze over the lemon juice, sprinkle with the remaining chilli flakes

Salt Fish , Chorizo , Onions and Red Pepper by you.



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