The tomato sauce here—with big pieces of flaked swordfish and slivers of jalapeño—gets nicely absorbed by the penne. And, judge Michael Schlow adds, "There's a good proportion of tomatoes and fish to pasta, and it all comes together so well."
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1 tablespoon salt-packed capers
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 large jalapeños, thinly sliced
6 large anchovy fillets, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped and juices reserved
1/2 pound penne rigate
1/2 pound skinless swordfish steak
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons chopped basil
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
How to Make It
In a bowl, cover the capers with warm water. Let stand for 20 minutes; drain.
In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and jalapeños and cook over moderate heat until the garlic is golden, about 3 minutes. Add the anchovies and cook, mashing, until dissolved, about 30 seconds. Add the white wine and simmer over moderately high heat for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the penne until al dente. Drain.
Season the fish with salt and pepper and add to the sauce along with the capers. Cover and cook over low heat, turning once, until the fish is just cooked through and can be flaked into large, moist pieces, about 8 minutes. Transfer the fish to a plate. Season the anchovy sauce with salt and pepper. Add the penne to the sauce and simmer over low heat for 1 minute, stirring. Spoon the pasta and sauce into bowls and top with the flaked swordfish. Garnish with the basil and parsley and serve.
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