This past Monday eve, SYR and I attended Lévana‘s Dinner and a Show: Light Italian Feast. As usual it was enjoyable, educational and absolutely DELICIOUS! Certainly one of the best cooking classes I’ve ever attended.
We especially liked the Cioppino and Lévana graciously allowed us to post her recipe:
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 ribs celery, peeled
- 2 red peppers
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 1 fennel bulb, quartered, centers removed, sliced-thin
- 3 leeks, darkest parts removed
- 1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups dry white wine
- 6 cups water
- 6 bay leaves, or 1 teaspoon ground
- 2 good pinches saffron
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon anise and fennel seeds
- Good pinch cloves
- Good pinch red pepper flakes
- 2 2-ounce can anchovies, drained and rinsed
- 1 side salmon (about 3 pounds), cut in large cubes
- 1 pound flaked mock crab
- 1 large bunch flat parsley, minced
Heat the oil in a heavy wide bottom pot. In a food processor coarsely grind the garlic, celery, pepper and onion. Add the ground mixture to the pot, with the leeks, and sautè until translucent. Reduce to medium and cook for 30 minutes. Add the fish and parsley and cook just 5 more minutes. Ladle into soup bowls, and serve with good toasted bread or croutons.
Though it took me more 60 years to even taste fish, I can assure you (as does, SYR) that these was an incredibly tasty soup with a rich array of subtle flavors. Considering the ingredients… I can actually say…. it’s good for you, as well!
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!