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Tai's Cioppino

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Why I Love This Recipe

--Recipe from litl spouse, Tai.

Ingredients You'll Need

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic – minced
2 stalks celery – chopped
1 red bell pepper – chopped
2 yellow onions – chopped
2 medium carrots - diced
2 cups – light red wine (I prefer pinot noir)
4 cups fish stock
8 oz. clam juice
2 28 oz. can diced Italian tomatoes
4 bay leaves
1 bunch Italian parsley, trimmed and chopped
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1 tsp. cayenne
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
16 -24 mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded
16 -24 manila clams, well scrubbed
½ lb. medium shrimp
½ lb. sea scallops
2-3 lbs. black sea bass or rock fish (any firm fish will do) cut into 1 ½ inch chunks
* Dungeness crab, Alaskan king crab legs or squid can be added if desired.
Lots of Sourdough bread – toasted or garlic baked if desired


Heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat. Add onions, peppers, carrots and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, cook additional 2 minute or so.

Add tomatoes, wine, stock, clam juice, bay leaves, parsley (reserve ¼ cup for garnish), lemon zest, oregano, thyme, basil and cayenne. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for about 45 minutes.

Strain well, discarding vegetables and herbs, and return broth to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add mussels, clams and shrimp to broth, stir gently, and cook over medium heat until mussels and clams open. (Discard any that do not open.) Add bass pieces and simmer for another 7 minutes or until fish turns opaque.

Ladle soup into a large bowl over a small bed of linguini (optional) and garnish with reserved parsley. Serve with sourdough bread. Have Tabasco handy.

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