This Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod is a delicious (and easy) way to mix up weeknight dinners!
This Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod post is sponsored by Gorton’s, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Spiced!
We eat a lot of pasta around our house. I seriously think I could eat pasta in some form every single night. Laura is half-Italian, so she’s more than willing to go along with my love for pasta. (#Winning!) However, as much as I love a good red sauce (aka gravy), I always enjoy a change of scenery in the flavor department. That’s where this Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod comes in! In an effort to mix things up, I left the red sauce out of this recipe entirely. Instead, the pasta is tossed with a simple mixture of olive oil, cream, Parmesan, garlic and lemon juice. Delicious!
Not only does this Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod come together quickly, but it’s sure to be a family favorite. I literally had dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, and that included the time I stopped to color a shark with Robbie. (We decided it needed to be a rainbow shark. That makes it a little less scary I think.) For the pasta, I used some spinach linguine that I found in our local grocery store. It was quite tasty, but a traditional pasta would work here as well.
If you’re so inspired, I have a fun recipe for homemade spinach pasta. Homemade pasta is amazing, however the amount of homemade pasta I’ve made since Robbie was born has dropped dramatically. Imagine that!
Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod
As tasty as the lemon sauce was on this pasta, the real shining star was the baked cod. Lemon goes well with fish, so the lemon pasta topped with baked cod was a great combination. For the baked cod, I used Gorton’s Cod Fillets with Crunchy Panko Breadcrumbs. We always keep fish sticks around for Robbie (and sometimes us, too), but when I saw the baked cod fillets, I was all in!
Gorton’s makes a whole variety of delicious seafood options, and I have to say that these cod fillets are right up there near the top of the list. They’re crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside and packed with flavor. Add in the lemon pasta, and we felt like we were eating a restaurant-quality meal!
In addition to the taste, I respect the fact that Gorton’s places a strong emphasis on sustainability. The cod used in Gorton’s Cod Fillets is 100% wild-caught from fisheries in the Barents Sea and Bering Sea. The fisheries have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, an organization that focuses on ensuring our future generations can enjoy wild seafood. Those generations include not only Robbie, but Robbie’s children and beyond.
As a food blogger, I read a lot about food. I enjoy learning where our food comes from, and that goes hand-in-hand with creating sustainable food sources. Knowing that Gorton’s puts a strong focus on sustainability makes me feel good not only as a consumer, but also as a parent.
Turning back to this delicious recipe, this Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod is an easy, tasty recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights. There are soccer practices and football scrimmages. There are dance recitals and piano lessons. Oh, and don’t forget swim lessons, too! I get it. Weeknights during the school year can get hectic. This recipe is an ideal one to keep on hand for those busy nights. Yes, you can have a delicious dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. It’s going onto our list of ‘easy go-to recipes’ for when 6:00 sneaks up on us and we haven’t planned anything for dinner. Cheers!
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Lemon Pasta with Baked Cod
- 1 14.6-oz. package Gorton’s Premium Cod Fillets
- 16 oz. linguine pasta
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice ~3 lemons
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest ~1 lemon
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ cup fresh basil chopped
- Bake Gorton’s Premium Cod Fillets according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted water until al dente, or according to package instructions.
- Using a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, lemon zest and garlic; stir until well combined. Set lemon sauce aside.
- Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
- Using a large skillet, add pasta and lemon sauce; toss until well combined. Heat over medium heat until sauce has been fully absorbed. (Note: Add reserved pasta water as needed to loosen pasta.)
- Remove from heat and add salt, pepper and chopped basil; toss until well combined.
- Divide pasta onto plates and top each with baked cod fillet.
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