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Last night we had a great dinner at home.  Just us and the kids.  Hannah asked for fried fish and Peter asked for Broccolini.  Easy enough.  I breaded the flounder with whole wheat bread crumbs and pan fried it in a mixture of olive oil and butter.  The broccolini was sauteed in a bit of olive oil with salt and pepper.  At the last minute I splashed some balsamic vinegar over it and accidentally left it sit for longer than I meant to.  No worries though, it just caramelized a bit.  Yum.  I like having pasta with a red sauce with my fried fish.  It goes back to childhood.  For some reason whenever my Mom made fish sticks she made pastina with red sauce.  I didn’t use pastina, rather we had little shells in the house so we used that but I did make a red sauce to go with it.   I’ll give you the actual recipe rather than the notes I scribbled on a piece of scrap paper.  That has no measurements or directions just ingredients.   No picture today, sorry.

Arribata Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 box Pomi crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 12 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped (you could put in more or less, we like olives so I probably put in more)
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonaded


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan
  • Stir in onions and garlic
  • Let cook for a few minutes until they get browned
  • Add the red pepper flakes and stir, let cook another minute
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes, olives, capers and sun dried tomatoes
  • Let cook for about 30 minutes, stirring now and then.  The sauce will break down and start to reduce.
  • Add the basil and fresh diced tomato.
  • Cook another minute or two.

Serve over your choice of pasta.



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