Monday, July 2, 2012

Ina Garten's Seafood Soup

Yesterday, my husband had a craving for seafood soup. I had never made any before, so I scoured the internet for recipes. I stumbled across this recipe from Ina Garten (I LOVE her!). There were so many great reviews, I was really excited to try it out!
The recipe calls for a dutch oven, I got the largest pot I could find an 8 quart stockpot. I ended up filling the whole thing! 
Ina's recipe includes making a seafood stock from scratch. You can buy the already made stuff at the store, but I'd strongly recommend making your own... It's easy to make and makes the kitchen smell amazing.
So.. I have a Slap Chop... Believe it or not, it's actually really great for mincing garlic, which you need a couple cloves of for this recipe.
The stock also includes thyme, white wine, water, tomato paste and the shells of a pound of shrimp. It requires an hour to simmer.
The stock is strained and set aside. The next step is sauteing potato, onion, and fennel with olive oil back in the stock pot.
Then you add the stock, white wine, canned plum tomatoes in juice, garlic and saffron... Yes, saffron... Ina likes to use the best (and most expensive) ingredients. I had just about all of the ingredients for this recipe at home already, so I went ahead and splurged.
Then you throw in the seafood. The recipe called for halibut & bass (I used haddock instead since I had 2 pounds on hand), as well as mussels and shrimp. Ina's recipe also called for a liquorice liqueur with orange zest; which I omitted. I'm not a fan of liquorice and didn't want to spend the extra money. The soup was great without.
The soup turned out SO delicious! The recipe fed 6 hungry Russians (who also went back for seconds) AND we still had leftovers! I also sliced some fresh crusty bread, spread some butter, garlic, and parsley; popped them in the oven until they were nice and crisp.

All in all it was a great recipe, I'll definitely be making it again for special occasions :)

Try it out yourself! Ina Garten's Seafood Stew.

<3 Lauren


  1. Pretty cool the pan photo! :)

  2. This soup looks wonderful and no matter how hot it is I still crave a good soup!