1.02.2010

Souper Healthy


January Soups 

Now that the holidays are over it's time to start thinking thin. It seems that December is all about baking. Not that it's a bad thing. T'was the season and all that, right? Now, it's time for something a little more healthy.

I am so ready for soup. A hot bowlful of mingling flavors and textures, bursting with nutrition. Soup is an excellent creative outlet - an endless palette of colors, textures, tastes. 

One of my favorite soups is Cioppino - an Italian fish stew with a savory tomato base. Any combination of your favorite fish can be used. The fish is added to the simmering base in the last minutes to retain tenderness.

We always have Cioppino on New Year's Day. It heralds the beginning of healthier eating - for a while anyway. February is coming right up, and you know what that means. Chocolate!

Cioppino (Italian Fish Stew)
from: giddyupglutenfree, dorothy allard 2010
 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
1 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tsp dried basil, crushed
1 tsp thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp fennel seed, crushed
1 tsp orange zest
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 
1 cup dry red wine
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup clam juice
1 1/2 cups boneless firm white fish
1/2 lb scallops
1/2 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 lb or fresh clams in shell
1/2 lb fresh mussels in shell
1/4 cup coarsely chopped Italian parsley 

Saute the onions, garlic, green pepper, mushrooms, and celery in oil for about 10 minutes. Break up stewed tomatoes, add to pot along with tomato sauce and spices, wine and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Cut white fish into 1-inch cubes. Add to soup, simmer 2 minutes. Add scallops, shrimp, clams, and mussels, simmer for 5 to 8 minutes, or until seafood is cooked through and the clams have opened. (Discard any clams that do not open.) Add parsley, serve in large soup bowls.

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