27 January 2009

Quick Cioppino

Oooh Nellie, I am one spoiled girl.  Whilst flipping through the December issue of Martha Stewart living at my mother in law's house, I came across a recipe for quick cioppino.  Cioppino was traditionally an Italian fisherman stew made with the catch of the day.  While I adapted Martha's recipe, I still made one rockin' bowl of soup.  My five year old LOVED this stew and asked for seconds of clam and mussels.  I take that as the ultimate compliment.  I'm sending this soup to be part of the Souper Sunday event over at Kahakai kitchen.  Enjoy!

Joie de vivre's Rockin' Cioppino

Serves 6


2 Tbls. olive oil
1 medium onion, cut into 1/4 inch dice
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. course salt
1/8 tsp. chili pepper
1 1/4 c. dry white wine, like Chardonnay
1 15oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
2 1/2 c. chicken stock
14 mussels, debearded and scrubbed well
1 1/2 lbs. clams, scrubbed well
1 lb. firm white fish fillets, like rock cod, cut into 2 inch pieces.


1.  Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Saute the onions and garlic until translucent.
2.  Add thyme, salt, chili pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring.
3.  Add the wine, scrape up any bits on the bottom of the pot with your wooden spoon, simmer for 1 minute.
4.  Stir in the tomatoes with juice and chicken stock.
5.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes.
6.  Add the seafood, re-cover the pot, and cook until the shells open, about 6 minutes.  Discard any unopened shells.
7.  Dish into bowls, serve with nice rolls and put an empty bowl in the middle of the table to serve as the communal shell discard bowl.


Tangled Noodle said...

Yum! I've never made cioppino myself before but this looks like a great start!

lunaticg said...

Look delicious enough for me...
Thanks for sharing your recipe...
See you around.

Amanda said...

It's awesome that your kids enjoy that soup!

Bob said...

Heh, I just recently tried mussels for the first time. I was surprised that I kind of liked them, since I'm not into seafood. Maybe I should try something like this next..

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Joy, the soup sounds absolutely delightful. And the photo captures the essence quite beautifully.

Selba said...

This cioppino must be really yummy *slurps*

Lynnylu said...

I love cioppino! I put halibut and fresh clams in mine. A great low fat dish, too. Yours looks really good. My girls loved mussels and clams when they were little.

Meg said...

Wow! Looks delicious!

Maria said...

This looks great!! I love cioppino!

Maria said...

This looks great! I love cioppino!

Chef E said...

Wow, one of my favorite things to order if a good place has it, and I have not made it in a while, good thing we do not have virtual pictures of that would be eaten up by some bloggers!

Robin Sue said...

I love cioppino and was first introduced to in while my parents lived in CA- I fell in love right then. I need to make this soon. A soon as I can get out of my driveway that is.

Debbie said...

It looks so good. I'm going to try this for sure. I have a good fish stew that I'll be making soon.. different than this. I love fish/seafood soups and stews.

Peter M said...

I'm a big fan of seafood and I love shellfish.

It's so cool that your 5 yr. old loved it...you know how kids are about fishy things.

My crazy crazy life said...

OMG, this look soooo tasty. Was it easy to make? And would you file this under healthy or "only eat if desperate"...hahahahaha.

Reeni♥ said...

How delicious!! I would love a bowl for lunch to warm me up-were in the middle of a snowstorm. This would be so comforting.

Debinhawaii said...

Your Cioppino looks delicious! I have not ever tried making it but I might have to now, Thanks for coming to Souper Sundays--I'll add your lovely soup to this week's round up.

Got your message regarding the Souper Sunday logo. I am no expert but can you save the photo to your computer and use that for the picture and then add any link rather than trying to attach it directly from the web? Thats what I did and it worked. I linked the one on my sidebar to the Souper Sunday details page so maybe try to copy one of the ones on the Souper Sunday round up and that might work better. If not, email me (Debinhawaii@gmail.com) and I'll reply back with a copy of the logo and maybe you can add it that way.

Let me know how it goes!



Sam said...

I love seafood but eat no where near enough, this looks delicious and so simple too. Thanks for posting this!

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, this looks amazing!

Foodycat said...

Your 5 year old liked the mussels? Success! It's a beautiful-looking dish.