Diane Seed's Roman Good Friday Seafood Soup

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

'Zuppa del Venerdi Santo' This is what she says about this recipe: "Good Friday is not a public holiday in Italy and even 20 years ago I remember being really surprised to see people in restaurants tucking into their steaks and chicken. However in the past when Friday was still a "lean" day for the Church, this was traditional Good Friday fare for the Romans. It is much simpler than most fish soups and I happily recommend it for any day of the year." Another fantastic authentic Italian recipe from Diane Seed's newsletter. http://www.italiangourmet.com/aboutdiane.php

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Clean the shellfish.
  2. Now take the heads and shells from shellfish to make the fish stock. Boil together with the celery carrot and onion for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large pot,heat the oil and add the finely chopped anchovy, garlic and parsley.
  4. Puree the tomatoes and stir into the fish stock.
  5. When the garlic begins to turn colour add the filtered stock and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Cut the shellfish into thin strips and add to the soup. Cook for a further five minutes then add the chilli pepper, if desired.
  7. Check the salt.
  8. Drizzle over olive oil and scatter over chopped parsley.
  9. Serve with thick slices of toasted good quality bread.