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Sea Bass all’Acqua Pazza
© William Meppem

Sea Bass all'Acqua Pazza

  • ACTIVE: 10 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 10 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • HEALTHY

Acqua pazza means "crazy water"—water flavored with wine and herbs.

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  1. 2 cups water
  2. 1 celery rib, cut into 4 pieces
  3. 1 onion, quartered
  4. 1 carrot, cut into 4 pieces
  5. 3 parsley sprigs
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  8. One 4-pound sea bass, cleaned and scaled
  9. 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  10. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  11. 3 bay leaves
  12. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, celery, onion, carrot, 1 parsley sprig and the salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  2. Set the fish in an oval baking dish and make 3 crosswise slashes on each side. Stuff the fish with the garlic and the remaining 2 parsley sprigs. Strain the vegetable broth over the fish. Add the wine, bay leaves and olive oil and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Serve the fish with the "crazy water."
Notes One Serving 296 calories, 9.3 gm total fat, 1.8 gm saturated fat.