So yesterday I was inspired and made my first ever Cioppino! It was amazing!! Here is how I roll..

What you need:

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3-5 large fresh garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 5 cups of fish stock (I made my own for this)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound large shrimp,  peeled and deveined
  • 1 1/2 pounds of firm white fish (I used gold tile, but you could use mahi, or halibut)
  • 1 large stalk of celery, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

  1. Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, celery, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and saute 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste.
  4. 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.
  5. Add the shrimp and fish. Simmer gently until the fish and shrimp are just cooked through,  stirring gently.
  6.   Season the soup, to taste, with more salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

I served it with bread, but then today, I had the leftovers over rice! YUM!

You could also add Muscles and/or clams to this dish!


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