Christmas Cioppino-(feast of the 7 fishes.)

Christmas Cioppino-(feast Of The 7 Fishes.) Recipe

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I originally got this recipe from an Italian man I once dated, many, many Italian moons ago..haha..and HE got it from his mom. Sebastiano made it best, but mine is pretty close. Perfect for Christmas!


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30 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1
    fennel bulb, trimmed, cored & chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/3 c
    diced oinion
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 1
    28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 c
    seafood or chicken broth
  • 2
    8 oz bottles clam juice
  • 1/2 lb
  • 1/2 lb
  • 1 lb
    calamari rings
  • 1 lb
    mussels scrubbed
  • 16
    littleneck clams scrubbed
  • 1/2 lb
    frozen bay scallops, thawed
  • 1 lb
    jumbo shrimp,peeled & deveined
  • 1/2 c
    chopped fresh basil
  • pinch
    salt & black & white pepper

How to Make Christmas Cioppino-(feast of the 7 fishes.)


  1. In a heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion & fennel. Cook, stirring until golden, about 8 minutes. Add garlic & cook another minute.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes, undrained, broth and clam juice. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 10 mins, stirring occasionally. Cut haddock & cod into 2"-pieces. If you bought whole calamari, you'll need to slice it into 1/2" rings. Add scrubbed mussels and clams to pot.
  3. Cook, stirring, for 3-5 mins. Place haddock and cod pieces along w/ shrimp, scallops & calamari into the liquid, down deep into the pot. Cover, cook 8 -10 minutes to let flavors meld. Stir and add chopped fresh basil, stir again.and ladle into large bowls. This is best served w/ fresh Italian bread to sop up the yummy liquid!

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About Christmas Cioppino-(feast of the 7 fishes.)

Course/Dish: Other Soups
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Low Sodium Low Carb
Other Tags: Healthy Heirloom
Hashtag: #fresh cioppino

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