How to make it

  • Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat.
  • Add anchovies - let melt into oil.
  • Add the fennel, onion, shallots, celery, salt and black pepper and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir tomato paste into veggies and let cook out for about 3-5 minutes (the tomato paste will start to caramelize, turning from red to a brownish color).
  • Add the garlic and 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, fish stock, thyme and bay leaf.
  • Cover and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer on medium-low until the flavors blend - at least an hour...but I like to let it go for a couple of hours.
  • Add the clams, mussels and oysters to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp, scallops, squid, octopus, cuttlefish 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).
  • Remove bay leaf. Season the soup, to taste, with more salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with crusty bread.

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    " It was good "
    trisha6341 ate it and said...
    Now that its cool out again I will be making this alot. Very good and diet friendly too!
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  • petsitter75 11 years ago
    I love this dish!so good with crusty french bread! you have amazing recipes!!
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    " It was excellent "
    linda2230 ate it and said...
    Vickie, this recipe looks wonderful. I am adding this one to my collection, the dept of flavors are just superb. I know my family will enjoy this one! Thanks for sharing Vickie! Judy
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    This, my dear, is a piece of work. I mean that is a good way. The list of varied seafood is a buffet in itself. I love Chioppinos. Most recipes I have tried pale in comparison to this. This will definitely be the next recipe I use... Thanks Vickie ....... Jim
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  • 22566 13 years ago
    OH MY GOSH!! What a dish,this would be wonderful to set down to and enjoy all the flavor.

    Thank-you very much for sharing.

    Kind Regards
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Just reading the description is making me drool! I love seafood, and this recipe has it all! What a great offering of flavors here! Looks absolutely beautiful, too! A beauty flag is coming your way, and high 20!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    gagagrits ate it and said...
    This sounds scrumptious, sweety you have out done yourself. HIGH 5
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    I could never get enough of this fantastic recipe Vickie like you say it has all the elements we both love and my guest often request second and thirds until it is all gone. So that is why I placed it in my group Most Requested Recipe.

    The color and presentation are wonderful.
    Flagged as beautiful and unique ..Highest rating on the Yum index a new term here, Perfect!

    Five forks and a brimming smile from ear to ear
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    " It was excellent "
    astrochef ate it and said...
    Oh Wow, your recipe takes me right back to when we drove along the Pacific Coast Highway from Palm Springs to San Francisco, once for our vacation. I fell in love with Cioppino at Scoma's it was served with a whole sourdough loaf (Bliss)thank you Lunasea for this recipe
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    " It was excellent "
    angieaugusta ate it and said...
    wow....simply great....nice pict....loved it....thx vickie for sharing...hi 5 fr me
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    " It was excellent "
    krumkake ate it and said...
    Oh, now you're just making me drool! That looks so icredible, when can you ship me a big bowlful? Luna, you really DO rock!
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    " It was excellent "
    borius ate it and said...
    All in can say is OMG! What time is dinz? You rock Vickie!
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  • borinda 13 years ago
    Wow, you are generous and ambitious to serve this fabulous-sounding dish! It looks positively beautiful and impressive. Lunie - move to Ca. and invite us!!! (it's January 12 and it was in the upper 80's and sunny here today. bliss...)
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