Last night I made a delicious zuppa di pesce. The great thing about this dish is that you can add any fish such as crab, lobster, calamari, or even a local grouper.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5 or 6 garlic cloves
- ½ cup diced onion
- ½ cup white wine
- 2 (28oz cans) imported Italian crushed tomatoes
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 5 or 6 fresh basil leaves
- 1 lb. spaghetti
- 3 dozen clams
- 1 lb. shrimp
- 1 lb. scallops
- 2 lbs. mussels
- Salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in the large sauce pot and add the garlic and onions. Add white wine, clams, shrimp, scallops and mussels if using to the pot. Cook until mussels and clams open and then remove all seafood and set aside. Be sure to discard any that do not open.
Add the crushed tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Meanwhile, bring salted water to a boil for the pasta. Make sure to cook the spaghetti el dente. Return the seafood to the sauce and heat through. Add the oregano and basil.
Drain spaghetti and put into a large serving bowl. Pour sauce over the top and serve with a loaf of crusty Italian bread.
The best thing about zuppa di pesce is that you can really make it your own. You can add any seafood that you like and you can use any marinara sauce that you prefer. (just make sure it is homemade). I hope this inspires someone to go off their diet and cook! Enjoy!