One reason this is such a simple dish to make is that the fettuccine is left to cook while you make the sauce in a second pan. The fettuccine can be left to cook by itself and in case it is ready early, you just need to drain it and cover the pan to keep it warm. The sauce is made in the second pan, and that is a delicious combination of halibut, vegetables, garlic, seasonings, and extra-virgin olive oil.
There is nothing more to add. Many similar recipes call for tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, or some kind of creamy or vegetable-based sauce, but this one relies on the classic, elegant flavor of extra-virgin olive oil, to bind everything together, and it works. The dish is finished off with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese (always use freshly grated parmesan, never the powdered stuff) and served hot.
Using good quality ingredients is paramount here, so choose top quality bell pepper, garlic and onion, as well as a top quality fresh parmesan cheese. Using oil instead of a sauce means the flavor of the fish and veggies will be very apparent, so ensure they are up to scratch, since there will not be anything to mask their natural flavors.
- 1 lb dried fettuccine pasta
- 1 sliced red bell pepper
- 4 minced garlic cloves
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb chopped halibut filets
- 1 chopped onion
- ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Cook the fettuccine according to the package directions.
- Meanwhile, add half the oil to a skillet.
- Sauté the onion, bell pepper and garlic for 2 minutes.
- Add the fish, Italian seasoning and salt, and sauté for 2 minutes, or until the fish is opaque.
- Drain the fettuccine and toss with the remaining extra-virgin olive oil.
- Divide between 8 plates and top with the halibut mixture.
- Sprinkle parmesan cheese over everything before serving.
Halibut is a delicate fish which can be grilled, pan-fried, deep-fried, poached, baked, or broiled. It is harder to smoke than salmon because it is very low in fat. This fish does not require a lot of seasoning since it has a naturally clean taste, as well as a firm, dense texture. Atlantic halibut are overfished, so try to get Pacific halibut for this recipe. As the photo shows, this is an ultra-simple dish, so if you want to enjoy the flavors of the halibut and veggies without much seasoning or sauce going on, try this recipe. You will love how easy it is to prepare and the beautiful flavor it offers.
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