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Penne Avvocato

Penne Avvocato literally means “lawyers’ pens” in Italian. Maybe Rach named this after her hubbie, John? You can include this 30 Minute Meal meal in your Feast of Seven Fishes.


  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • 4 canned anchovy fillets
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4-1 pound swordfish steak, trimmed and chopped into small, bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces), preferably San Marzano
  • 3 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped (a generous handful)


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook to al dente. Drain.

While the pasta is working, in a large skillet, heat the EVOO, four turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the anchovies and cook until melted, 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes; stir in the crushed red pepper. Increase the heat, add the fish and cook until opaque, 3-4 minutes. Add the wine; cook until reduced slightly, 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and capers; cook, breaking up the tomatoes, until heated through; season with black pepper.

Add the pasta, basil and parsley and toss.

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