Well, we might as well keep up with the Italian dishes while we're on a roll. This one comes from my aunt who lives in Italy, and it's one of my favourite dishes. If you like salted cod, then you will love this! You can use just regular cod fish as well, which won't be as salty, and it will still be a great dish.
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Salted cod is just basically cod fish that has been cured with salt. This is very similar to the practice of curing ham to make prosciutto. The Italians (and many other Europeans) are really into curing their meats!
Salted Cod is super delicious, it's naturally low in fat, and it is full of protein. Fresh cod of course, is also protein-rich and low fat. You could definitely use fresh cod in this dish, but it obviously won't have that awesome salty flavour.
To find salt cod in your supermarket, check around the frozen fish isle. They come in plastic bags that, upon first glance, look just like a white block of icy salt.
You will want to soak the cod in cold water overnight to get rid of all the excess salt. You can speed up the process by continually running cold water over the cod until enough of the extra salt is off.
I placed my cod in a bowl of cold water first thing in the morning on the day I made this dish. I changed the water once or twice throughout the day, and then rinsed it under cold running water for a couple of minutes when I was ready to start cooking. You can do this for as little or as long as you like, depending on how salty you want it to be.
Homemade Pasta with Salted Cod and Walnuts