Seafood Bouillabaisse

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IMG_2636Seafood Bouillabaisse

Try this low-fat, high protein Mediterranean stew for a winter treat!

Serves 6


4 pounds shellfish and fish, such as shrimp, clams and monkfish
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, cleaned well and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 small can diced tomatoes
2 sprigs thyme
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
two pinches saffron
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 quart seafood stock (buy at your local seafood store)
1/4 cup chopped parsley


1. Cut up fish into 1-inch chunks and remove shells from shrimp if needed.  Set aside.

2. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil.  Add the leek, celery and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, thyme, fennel seeds and saffron.  Continue cooking for 30 seconds.  Add the tomato paste and tomatoes.

3. Add the seafood stock.  Bring up to a boil, then cover and simmer for 15 minutes to meld flavors.  Add the shellfish and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the other fish and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily.  Add the parsley, adjust the seasonings if necessary and serve in large, shallow bowls with warm whole, whole grain bread.



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