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    Thursday, June 07, 2012

    Quick and Easy Seafood Pasta Bake

    Lauraine Jacobs invited me to the NZ Guild of Food Writers May Day Market in Parnell It was an interesting experience, lots of yummy food and wine tasting, plus suppliers were showing off their new products.
    Greig Buckley, had a stall promoting his business, Kai Artisan Foods 
    Go and check out the website here

    We got a Goodie Bag and amongst the Goodies were
    Sealord Frozen Hoki Filets And a bottle of Heinz Seriously Good Alfredo Sauce. 
    I don't normally promote products, but I think these two are worth keeping in your freezer and pantry for one of those days, when you just don't want to have to go out, and buy ingredients.

    Hoki is what you would call a cheap and cheerful fish.
    Not something I would pan fry and serve with lemon,
    Nevertheless it’s good for Fish Pie, Fish Cakes and I turned it into this Pasta Bake.
    To boost it, I used some prawns from the freezer.
    I don’t normally use sauces in a jar.
    But this Alfredo was good, not excellent, but a very good standby for the pantry.
    The Frozen Hoki, once again handy for a quick meal.
    If you don't live in NZ I'm sure you will have replacements

    We loved this Pasta Bake, it was really tasty and so simple

    I always enjoy the crispy cheesy topping.
    Excellent pairing with the fish and pasta, nice crisp white wine on the side

    This will feed 3 people, 4 for lunch with a salad and some bread

    Pre-heat oven to 180C
    You will need
    2 cups penne, cooked to manufacturers instructions 
    Drain and toss in a little oil to stop sticking
    Set aside
     2 filets Sealord Frozen Hoki just thawed and cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces 
    20 frozen prawns, thawed 3 tablespoons 
    Extra virgin olive oil 
    Zest lemon and juice of 1 lemon 
    Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
    1/2 jar Seriously Good Heinz Alfredo Pasta Sauce
    You may need more it should be fairly moist and saucy
    Whatever suits you

    1/2 cup Tasty Cheese grated 
    1/2 cup Fresh breadcrumbs 
    3 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper 

    Marinate the fish and prawns in Olive oil, lemon zest, salt and freshly ground black pepper 
    Meanwhile cook the pasta 

    Now to assemble, 
    See, so so simple

    Toss the marinated prawns and fish in lemon juice 
    Then add the pasta and the Pasta Sauce

    Pop into a greased gratin dish or something similar
    Mix the cheese, breadcrumbs, oil and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
    Sprinkle over the fish

    Bake 180 30 –35 minutes, till topping golden and the sauce is bubbling
    Serve while hot. Yum
    Actually a sprinkling of fresh parsley over the top would make it really pretty.
    Next time perhaps

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