Recipe 18- BBC good food Cod & Tomato Bake

With some cod chunks in the freezer that I had found for the bargain price of 50p at Asda, I thought I should use them up. I found a tasty looking recipe on BBC Good Food, flavoured with tomato and olives, for which we had the perfect passata. Perfect. It was a very simple recipe, with few ingredients requiring just a bit of chopping then chucking into a tray to cook in the oven. We served it with one of those bake at home baguettes.

  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • handful black olives (I had a passata with olives so omitted this)
  • ½ x 680g jar passata
  • 400g can butter bean, drained
  • 4 skinless cod fillets (about 600g/1lb 5oz)
  • small bunch basil

  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put the peppers, onions, tomatoes and olives into a large, deep baking tray and cook for 15 mins until they start to soften and char at the edges.
  2. Stir in the passata, butter beans and seasoning, then make 4 little areas and nestle in the cod. Return to the oven and cook for a further 15 mins until the cod is cooked through. Sprinkle over the basil and serve with crusty bread, if you like.
This was a surprisingly tasty dish and I devoured it in seconds. The salty olive taste worked really nicely with the cod, which was cooked perfectly. With such a simple recipe and few ingredients, I wasn't expecting to find it so flavourful but it was delicious. Other comments on this recipe have been similar, with others suggesting a little chilli or garlic for even further flavour, but for me, this was just right.


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