- large pack basil, leaves only
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 4 garlic cloves, 2 whole, 2 crushed
- 25g pine nuts
- 1 lemon
Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…
- 50ml olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2 cod fillets
A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…
- 2 red chillies, finely chopped
- 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…
- 250g ready-to-eat puy lentils
First, make the pesto. In a food processor, pulse the basil, whole garlic cloves, pine nuts, the juice of half the lemon and some seasoning, gradually adding most of the oil. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ gas 4 and line a roasting tin with foil. Season the cod on both sides and coat each fillet in the pesto. Cook for 8-10 mins until a crust has formed and the cod is cooked through.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a small saucepan. Add the crushed garlic and the chillies, and cook for a couple of mins to release the flavour. Add the tomatoes and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the lentils, squeeze over the other half of the lemon, then season. Cook until piping hot and serve with the pesto cod.