Grandma Lee's Cioppino

deb baldwin


This is my mother-in-law's famous cioppino recipe. Very easy to make and a wonderful soup.
This is a seafood soup. This soup is what ever was freshly caught. The seafood was put into the pot. A finger/soup food that the whole family liked..I have not made this in a long time as I am not around to many places to get the fresh ingredients, and my budget is not allowing me to buy most of the seafood.


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15 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 c
  • 2 medium
    onions, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced (i like a little more)
  • 1 or 2 large
    v-8 juice, canned
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 2 Tbsp
    italian seasoning, more or less depending on taste taste
  • 1 lb
    extra large shrimp (opt: pealed & de-veined, tails on))
  • 1 lb
  • 1
    dozen fresh clams or mussels, in the shell
  • 2 or 3
    cleaned (cooked) crabs, cut into sections
  • ·
    plenty of sourdough french bread, buttered (with garlic as an option

How to Make Grandma Lee's Cioppino


  1. In a large stock pot: melt butter, onions (chopped) and garlic over medium heat.
    Stir until soft.
  2. Add V-8 juice, bay leaves and Italian seasoning.
    Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    OPT: you may add some white wine
  3. Add the shrimp, scallops, clams and crab.
    Bring to a boil and cover and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes until clams open and seafood is done.
  4. Scoop up and put into large soup bowls and serve with warm, buttered, (garlic), crusty, sourdough bread.
    Enjoy this soup, have plenty of napkins and bread. The bread sops up the juices.

    This is a versatile soup. Leave the shells on the shrimp so you have to work at it to enjoy.
    You can use as much or as less seafood of your choice and use just enough V-8 to cover the seafood.
    You also can add chunks of fish (your choice).If you have shrimp eaters you may want to add a little more shrimp, because they will pick out all the shrimp and leave the rest.
    Those lucky to live by the coast can invite me over!

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About Grandma Lee's Cioppino

Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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