Italian Fish Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Order a plate of Italian bucatini pasta made with fresh fish in Italy or now you can make it at home. This easy recipe is a fantastic weeknight dinner recipe inspired by our trips to Italy and the Amalfi Coast. #food #pasta #recipe
A waiter in Ischia, Italy shows us the different fish on the fish-of-the-day platter. The fish is caught that morning and can be prepared various ways, like the best fish pasta recipe that we've perfected for easy fish dinners. #pasta #fish #italy #recipe

We love to find seaside restaurants in Italy with catch-of-the-day platters filled with seafood – everything caught that morning. Make your decision quickly so you can get what you want. The platter is usually presented to other tables. Once that fish or the langoustines are gone, they’re gone.

Waiters typically explain each type of fish. You hear all of the options on how the chef recommends preparing each fish. We often hear crudo (raw, similar to sashimi), pasta, or soup. During our trip to Ischia this summer, we had a scorpionfish cooked two ways at Ristorante Bar da Coco’. We started with fish pasta and then roasted fish with potatoes and tomatoes.

The best fish pasta recipe inspired by our trips to the Amalfi Coast and Ischia. It's easy to make, budget friendly, and a crowd pleaser for a weeknight dinner or an Italian dinner party with friends. Use a white flaky fish, fresh cherry tomatoes, bucatini pasta, and garlic to make this delicious Italian pasta recipe. We most recently had it at a restaurant under the castle in Ischia, Italy. #recipe #italianrecipe #amaficoast #fish #pasta #italianrecipe

We’ve had fish pasta so much in Italy, we decided to recreate the dish at home. Now it’s one of our weeknight dinners. We can’t get scorpionfish in California, so we’ve been using chili pepper or rockfish. Other options are snapper or cod. Find a local white fish or a high-quality frozen option and use that. We love bucatini pasta. It’s a thin tube, better for catching sauce. If you can’t find bucatini pasta, you can order it here or try another kind of pasta like linguine.

Bucatini Fish Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes
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Ingredients
  • 400g bucatini
  • 1 lb white fish like rockfish, chili pepper, snapper cut into 1-inch chunks
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1 chili, crushed
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 500 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • a few sprigs of parsley, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of well-salted pasta water, so that it tastes like the ocean. Cook pasta until al dente, about a minute less than directed on the package.

  2. In a saute pan, cook the garlic, onion, chili and oil on medium heat until it softens. Add the tomatoes, cook until they begin to break down. Add a small scoop of pasta water to the pan and allow the tomatoes to break down further to create a sauce. Add the fish and cook for about three minutes. Add the wine and parsley, cook for a few minutes. If the pan begins to dry out, add a splash more pasta water. Add the pasta to the pan and toss to coat. Salt to taste.

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