Supreme Italian Fish Soup

Recipe by Polar Bear
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READY IN: 3hrs 30mins
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • FISH BROTH
  • 2
    lbs fish bones, heads and trimmings of various kinds of white-fleshed fish
  • 2
    quarts water
  • 2
    large trimmed celery ribs
  • 1
    large thickly-sliced onion
  • 3
    sprigs parsley
  • 2
    large ripe tomatoes, peeled seeded,and diced
  • FISH SOUP
  • 1
    clove crushed garlic
  • 2
    sprigs finely minced parsley, additional
  • 1
    lb crabmeat
  • 12
    lb squid, prepared (for cooking)
  • 6
    mussels, well-scrubbed
  • 1
    lb lobster (double crab meat if unavailable) (optional)
  • 6
    clams, well-scrubbed
  • 1 12
    1 1/2 lbs halibut or 1 1/2 lbs sea bass, fish and the like cut into 1 1/2 pieces
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the first 7 ingredients except the salt in a 6.
  • quart pot.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Skim if necessary.
  • Cool slightly and pour through a fine strainer lined with several layers of clean cheesecloth.
  • Papertowels can be substituted.
  • Season with salt very delicately so as not to overpower the flavor of fish.
  • Add the garlic, parsley, and tabasco sauce to the fish broth to give it a piquant flavor.
  • Add the seafood and simmer, half-covered, over the lowest possible heat for 2 hours.
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