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Pasta with swordfish ragout and black olive tapenade

How can I be an Italian food blogger without posting a pasta dish? Even if, considering my slow posting in the last few months, I should properly say: how can I be a food blogger without posting any dish at all? Shame on me.

Back to the recipe: have you ever tasted how good is the combination of olive tapenade with some delicious fish ragout?
That’s extremely good, and if you add some pasta to complete the dish… well, needless to say… you’re going to love it!

Pasta with swordfish ragout and black olive tapenade
(2-3 servings)

Fish ragout:

1 small garlic clove
1/2 shallot, finely sliced
200 gr of swordfish
150 gr cherry tomatoes
2 anchovy fillets (optional)
30 ml dry white wine
extra virgin olive oil
salt, fresh pepper
180 gr pasta

Olive tapenade:

40 gr black olives (Taggiasca olives are ideal)
1 tsp of pine nuts
1 tsp of capers
1 spring onion or half small shallot
1 anchovy fillets
1 tbs of fresh parsley
extra virgin olive oil
pinch of chilly

  • Chop the garlic and shallots finely (even if I usually don’t chop the garlic because I prefer to remove it before serving).
  • Wash, skin and chop the swordfish into small cubes.
  • Blanch the cherry tomatoes in boiling water for 10 seconds, then put in ice water and peel the skin and cut tomatoes in half.
  • In a non-stick skillet, sauté the garlic, anchovy fillets, the shallot and a pinch of chilly (if you like) in 2 Tbs of olive oil over medium heat until transparent.
  • Add the diced swordfish, season and cook, stirring, until the fish changes colour slightly, about two minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil and add the cherry tomatoes, season with salt and fresh pepper and cook for about 5-6 minutes until the sauce is thick and fragrant. Taste, and adjust the seasoning to taste.
  • For the tapenade: in a food processor, combine all the ingredients except the olive oil. Using the pulse button, process until coarsely chopped and well blended. Continue to process, slowly adding the olive oil to reach desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the pasta water to a boil and salt generously. Cook your pasta al dente according to the timing directions on the package.
  • Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and the olive tapenade in the pan or in a pasta bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley, extra virgin olive oil and serve.


  • 1
    August 20, 2012 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    That’s amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

  • 2
    August 20, 2012 - 7:58 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful pasta dish, I’d love to try this!

  • 3
    August 31, 2012 - 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Sounds yummy! I’m excited to try your tapenade recipe. I’ll have to try it without the pine nuts this time, it’s just not in the budget. But I’m thinking it’ll still taste great!

  • 4
    September 7, 2012 - 5:37 am | Permalink

    9×7 anti spam filter? Don’t you realize my brain turns off at this time of night? Gah, you had me thinking there! Anyway, what I was going to write, was just how amazing the black olive tapenade was, and I don’t even LIKE olives! Just a beautiful photo. Thank you!

  • 5
    September 8, 2012 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    Camon Jeff, I know 9 x 7 is pretty difficult and challenging, but you can do that even at night! : )
    Thank you for stopping by and make me smile! #
    Cheers, K

  • 6
    October 1, 2012 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Hi Katia!!! I was wondering about you after that last post about bake sale. It seems like you have been busy, but happy to see you back! Haha yes, Italian must share pizza and pasta huh. :D We love both so I’m glad you are sharing this delicious pasta dish! Your olive tapenade sounds wonderful~~!

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