Brodetto Pesce

A simple Italian seafood soup featuring firm white fish and prawns.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion (chopped)
  • 2-3 Cloves Garlic (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup Flat Leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • Pinch of Crushed Dried Red Chillies
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 400 g Can of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 litre fish, clam or vegetable Stock
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • 500 g Boneless White Fish Fillets (cut into bite-size chunks)
  • 12 Raw Prawns (shelled and deveined)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves (chopped into thin ribbons)
YIELD: 4-6 servings
COURSE: Soups and Stews
CUISINE: Italian
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over low/medium heat. Add the onions (with a good pinch of salt) and fry gently for about 8-10 minutes until softened. Next, stir in the garlic, parsley, dried chili, bell pepper, canned tomatoes, and tomato paste and continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Pour in both the wine and stock, bring to the boil and then reduce heat to simmer for another 10 minutes.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper while the soup is simmering. Add the fish pieces and partially cover the saucepan with a lid, simmer for about 4-5 minutes, before adding the prawns for a further 3-4 minutes until cooked.
  3. Top with lemon zest and basil and serve immediately. Absolutely perfect with a loaf of crusty bread on the side.