Easy Italian Fish Soup, full of big pieces of haddock, shrimp, mussels, clams and squid in a perfectly spiced tomato sauce. A delicious comfort dish,a little bit stew, a little bit soup!
Do you ever make something and while you are eating it think “Oh Wow this is so good, I have no idea why the heck I don’t make it more often”!
Well this is exactly what I said while I was eating this Italian Fish Soup.I don’t remember my mother-in-law making Fish Soup very often, so I happened to get this recipe from another of my sister-in-laws a few years ago.
This is her mother’s recipe. It is easy, quick and so full of flavour, your house will smell amazing while this soup is simmering.
Italian Fish Soup was at one time considered a Poor Man’s Soup, all the leftover pieces of fish were added into a soup, at least that is what the Italian said.
But I also read that it originated from when the fishermen would sell their fish and whatever was left was made into a soup or stew. Personally I like a thicker broth, more like a stew, than a soup.
I used approximately 6 or 7 different types of fish and seafood. Mussels, shrimp, haddock, clams, perch, squid, a few cloves of garlic, fresh herbs, Tomato Puree and of course some hot pepper flakes and with this you will have one of the most delicious Fish Soups.
Easy Italian Fish Soup
With the arrival of Easter, Good Friday is the Biggest Fish eating day with Christmas Eve being a close second in Italy.
Italians like to eat this Easy Italian Fish Soup with a piece of grilled Italian bread placed at the bottom of a bowl and the soup poured on top. If you don’t have time to grill the bread or like me you forget, a nice thick slice of Italian crust bread is delicious also.
Or my favourite, just serve the bread on the side for easy dunking and soaking up all that amazing tasty leftover sauce in the bowl. Buon Appetito!
- 1 pound cut up assorted fish (eg. shrimp,prawns, cod, haddock, calamari, mussels, clams etc)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
- hot pepper flakes to taste
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 3/4 cup tomato puree
- 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups of water (depending on how thick you want it more soup or stew)
- salt to taste I added a pinch
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 4 slices thick Italian crust bread grilled or plain
In a large pot add olive oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes, heat on medium for one minute and then flatten with a fork. Add cut up assorted fish, cook one minute. Add white wine and cook on medium-high for approximately 3 minutes. Add tomato puree and water, oregano, basil, salt to taste and fresh parsley, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer for approximately 30 minutes and until thickened. Serve over grilled crusty Italian bread or with crusty Italian bread. Enjoy!