Basque Fish Soup

"I just re-found this recipe while going through my Mom's old file box. She used to make this quite often when I was a child. She probably found the recipe in the newspaper. This is a quick, easy and delicious recipe using ingredients that I usually have on hand. It's also very versatile as for substituting....I didn't have fresh parsley so I used dried. I only had 1 can of diced tomatoes so I used the can of Ro-tel, which I did have on hand. Also, use any combo of fish/shellfish...tonight I made this using 2 small tilapia fillets and 1/2 lb. of bay scallops, it was a nice combo. This is a great cold weather soup....it will give you the warm fuzzies. I served it with freshly baked dinner rolls, though a crusty bread would be nice too."
 
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • In a large saucepan, saute onions, celery and garlic in butter until tender, about 7 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes, wine, parsley, salt, pepper and thyme. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minute simmer you can refrigerate or freeze the tomato mixture, if desired and continue as directed below**.
  • Add the fish and simmer 7-10 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily.
  • **reheat tomato mixture by covering and simmering for about 10 minutes or until hot. Continue as directed in step #4.

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Reviews

  1. gkenos
    I’ve been making this recipe for 40 years! Almost exactly the same although I’ve made a few changes to make it more interesting. I add colored peppers, big chunks of onion, mushrooms, and some red pepper for spice. It is delicious and my whole family LOVES it! Thanks for posting it, so I can pin it! Serve with crusty bread. A WONDERFUL STEW!
     
  2. Jacquelyn O.
    I also have been making this for 40 years or so. It was in the New York Times food section. My husband begs me to make this, and now that he chops the veggies, it’s so easy! I’ve been doing it without the recipe for several years. Nice to find the original. I usually put in cod or similar first, then scallops, and finally shrimp. It’s quite an expensive dish with all the fish, especially scallops, but it’s worth the money. Crusty Homemade garlic bread, toasted in the oven is a must. I do recommend sweet, not salted butter. Better flavor. Enjoy!!! great for parties and Christmas Eve. ??
     
  3. sheepdoc
    Very good. Felt like I was channeling my Spanish grandma. It was a little bland but a couple of drops of hot sauce fixed it.
     
  4. zaar junkie
    This dish is quick, easy, and delicious. I subbed 1 tbsp oil for the butter and vegetable broth for the white wine. I was HUNGRY when making dinner so only simmered the soup for about 10 minutes before adding the fish (mahi mahi) for an additional 10. Dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. The flavors are wonderful and everything comes together nicely. Something to make again! Thanks for posting.
     
  5. antsy
    I did not like this at all. I don't know what was wrong but it was too much tomato, the flavor was off, and blech.
     
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  1. zaar junkie
    This dish is quick, easy, and delicious. I subbed 1 tbsp oil for the butter and vegetable broth for the white wine. I was HUNGRY when making dinner so only simmered the soup for about 10 minutes before adding the fish (mahi mahi) for an additional 10. Dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. The flavors are wonderful and everything comes together nicely. Something to make again! Thanks for posting.
     

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