Recipe by The Kissing Cook
This is a variation of Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew). This recipe blends the subtle flavors of shellfish with spicy Italian sausage. The stock can be made ahead and reheated when ready to add seafood. I can serve the stock to "NON-FISH" lovers as well! Your guests will go crazy with this one. Serve with a loaf of crusty bread so they can get all of the stock!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 2 cups chopped onions, about 2 medium onions
- 1 (28 ounce) candiced italian tomatoes with garlic
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can stewed tomatoes
- 1 cup bottled clam juice
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped
- 1 bunch parsley, washed and large stems removed, chopped
- 2 dozen littleneck clams, well scrubbed
- 1 lb shrimp, cleaned and deveined
- 1 lb sea scallops
- 4 lobster tails, split down the center lengthwise
- fresh pasta
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat olive oil in large Dutch oven or flameproof casserole over medium heat. Add sausage, mushrooms and onions and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up sausage with a fork until sausage loses pink color, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes. Bring mixture to boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Pour in wine and clam juice. Return mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add basil and garlic and cook 5 minutes longer.
- Stock can be prepared ahead to this point. Either refrigerate until ready to use (usually 24 hours) or freeze.
- Before serving, transfer stock to a pot large enough to accommodate stock and shellfish. Bring to boil over high heat.
- Reserve half of the parsley for garnish and add remaining parsley to the pot. Add clams. Reduce heat to medium high and simmer until some clams open. Add remaining shellfish and simmer until done (about 5 – 10 minutes) DISCARD ANY CLAMS THAT DO NOT OPEN.
- Ladle into bowl and sprinkle with reserved parsley. Serve with fresh pasta.