Sicilian Style Swordfish with Orecchiette

January 24, 2011
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  • Serves 4-8
Author Notes

Years ago, while stage managing a production of La Traviata, I was gifted with this recipe by my Sicilian master carpenter and his sister. —Steve2 in LA

What You'll Need
  • the sauce
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, peeled
  • 2 35 oz cans Italian Plum Tomatoes, drained
  • Sea Salt
  • the fish
  • 12 small cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced Green Olives
  • 8 tablespoons Capers, drained
  • 4 1" thick, 8ounce Swordfish Steaks
  • 1/2 cup Italian Parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 pound dry Orecchiette
  1. Heat ½ cup oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add 4 garlic cloves and stir until browned, about 3 minutes. Discard garlic. Add tomatoes. Season with salt. Increase heat and boil, crushing tomatoes with back of spoon, until reduced to thick sauce consistency, about 8 minutes.
  2. Spread ½ of tomato sauce in bottom of heavy large skillet. Top with ½ sliced garlic, ¼ cup olives and 2 Tbsp capers. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp oil. Arrange swordfish on top of sauce. Cover with remaining tomato sauce, garlic, olives, capers and ½ cup parsley. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and pepper. Cover and simmer until fish flakes when you stick a fork in it, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the orecchiette according to package instructions. Drain and place in a large bowl to keep warm.
  4. Transfer fish to platter and cover to keep warm while you boil the sauce until it thickens.
  5. Portion out the pasta into large soup bowls, spoon thickened sauce over the top and top with a chunk of the fish, Garnish with more sauce and chopped parsley. Serve.
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