January 06, 2016
It's January, the winter chill has finally set in, and nothing sounds better than curling up with a hearty, filling stew. Don't sacrifice your New Year's resolutions just yet. Try this satisfying and light Cioppino instead of something that will weigh you down.
Cioppino is an Italian-American fish stew that originated in San Francisco, California. Originally it was made on boats while out at sea and later became a staple in Italian restaurants.
You can add all sorts of seafood to this stew — clams, mussels, shrimp, white fishes, salmon, octopus — you name it. Serve it with white wine and some crusty bread to sop up the flavorful broth.
Ingredients3 tablespoons olive oil1 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced1 onion, chopped3 large shallots, chopped2 teaspoons salt4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped3/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes, plus more to taste1/4 cup tomato paste1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice1 1/2 cups dry white wine5 cups fish stock1 bay leaf1 pound clams, scrubbed1 pound mussels, scrubbed, debearded1 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled and deveined1 1/2 pounds assorted firm-fleshed fish fillets such as halibut or salmon, cut into 2-inch chunksDirectionsHeat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and 3/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes.Add the clams and mussels to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through, and the clams are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 minutes longer (discard any clams and mussels that do not open). Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and red pepper flakes.Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
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