Smoky Pancetta Cod


One pan, ready in 15 minutes

Smoky Pancetta Cod from Jamie Oliver might not be cheap, but it only uses 5 base ingredients and is one of the best midweek dinners I’ve made that can be ready in just 15 minutes. Seriously, when’s the last time you rustled up a meal as quick and as good as this, for less than 350 calories per portion?

I used prosciutto instead of pancetta based on what I had in my fridge, but you could also use smoked bacon or parma ham. Any white fish will also do, so just use whatever you can get your hands on. If you like the concept of cod being wrapped in something, check out roasted cod with parma ham and peppers which takes a bit longer to cook but is equally a brilliant evening meal.

Recipe: Smoky Pancetta Cod

Calories: 348 per portion

Serves: 2

Book: Jamie Oliver – 5 ingredients

Prep time: Approx 5 minutes

Cooking time: Approx 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 rashers of smoked pancetta
  • 2 x 150g white fish fillets, such as cod, skin off, pin-boned
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 x 250g sachet of cooked lentils
  • 200g spinach
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Cost per portion: Approx £4.43

Method:

Lay out 4 rashers of pancetta, slightly overlapping them. Place a piece of cod on top, generously season with black pepper, then roll and wrap in the pancetta, and repeat.

Place in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and cook for 8 minutes, turning occasionally, adding the rosemary for the last 2 minutes.

Remove the fish to a plate. Toss the lentils into the pan with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and push to one side to reheat for 1 minute and pick up all that residual flavour, while you quickly wilt the spinach with a splash of water alongside.

Taste, season with sea salt and pepper, and divide both between your plates.

Sit the wrapped cod on top of the lentils with the rosemary, and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.

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