Il Cacciucco, a delicious Fish Soup

Hello my dear readers,

How are you today? I hope everything ok!

I have this recipe in my draft from October 2018…what can I say…it took me quite a while to complete it and make a post πŸ€ͺ

Honestly, when I’ve done this dish, I did not have time to do proper photos because we had guests and believe it or not everything I cook we eat immediately so I don’t have too much time for the photos because we like to enjoy our food hot, while most perfect food photos you see out there, the dishes are not edible, are just made perfect for the shot most of the time using different strange so called “ingredients” like glue, motor oil, spray deodorant, shoe polish…pretty impressive though….

But now let’s get back to my edible dish…oh my….very edible especially for the fish lovers πŸ˜‰

Cacciucco is anΒ Italian fish stew native to the western coastal towns of Tuscany and Liguria. It is a hearty stew made from different types of fish and shellfish. According to one tradition, there should be five different types of fish in the soup, one for each letterΒ cΒ inΒ cacciucco.

A wide variety of fish and shellfish can be used, I’ve used small clams, white fish fillet, calamari rings, prawns and mussels because this I’ve managed to find in this period. However, you can choose whatever variety you like or you can find. The clams and mussels were frozen pre-cooked.

I’ve used around 1kg of fish and shellfish together for 3 people.Β 

I’ve prepared a broth with celery, white onion, garlic clove and prawns head, salt and pepper. For more flavour I’ve added a fish stock cube. I’ve let it boil for 10-15 minutes. If necessary, remove the foam that forms on the surface with a slotted spoon.

Clean the fish and cut the fillet into manageable pieces.

In a large pan add the diced onions, garlic, fresh chilies and olive oil and start to fry them briefly.

First add the calamari because need more time to cook. Add a splash of white wine and leave it for a few seconds to evaporate.

Add one jar of tomatoes sauce or if you prefer you can add chopped tomatoes. Add the broth and season with salt and pepper and cook for around 15-20 minutes. Add the white fish, the prawns, the mussels and the clams and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the fish is cooked and the clams have opened.

At the end add very finely chopped parsley.

Take a few slices of good bread, Italian ciabatta bread is perfect, otherwise any other bread slightly stale and toasted, and rub it with garlic and drizzle with olive oil.

Your cacciucco is ready to be served.

Buon appetito!

And now to show you, this was the photo taken in October 2018, but as you can see was not really a nice picture to show.

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And this was my second cacciucco attempt with a better presentation πŸ˜‰

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Simple and delicious!

What do you think? πŸ˜‰


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Love, R

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51 thoughts

  1. Ecco, una preparazione cosΓ¬ Γ¨ perfetta per un sabato sera all’insegna della spensieratezza magari in un ristorantino in riva al mare… Una Serata magnifica con le stelle, il mare e il tuo cacciucco… Veramente Delizioso Ribana complimenti… Nemo&Nancy di NemoInCucina!!!

    1. Una serata perfetta πŸ˜‰ E se purtroppo il ristorantino in riva al mare non Γ¨ disponibile, va benissimo anche a casa πŸ˜‰
      Grazie mille 😊

  2. Wow, Looking delicious, did you said not so nice picture πŸ€” well These are super Nice choice of pictures Ribana, I know that’s prawn and I Only know that, rest of them are alien to me, we never make such dish here, maybe one day I’ll have dinner with an Italian and I’ll ask them to try this πŸ˜‰βœ¨βœοΈ Have a beautiful Sunday βœ¨πŸ’πŸ€—

    1. Thank you Simon for your kind words always! Beside prawn, just some fish filet, clams, mussels and squid πŸ˜‰ Well, I hope that dinner with an Italian can be with us someday πŸ˜‰ We di Italian good and you Indian food πŸ˜‰ an exchange of experiences πŸ˜‰
      Have a wonderful Sunday Simon! πŸ€©πŸ˜‰

      1. That’s sounds fantastic 😍 I wish the same, I’ll definitely update you when I come to Singapore 😊. That’ll be in next new generation A.C(After Corona) 2020 . A.C.01 may beπŸ˜œπŸ˜‰. Have a beautiful Sunday βœ¨πŸ’πŸ€—

      1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ so true! But won’t they make me feel hot in the summer? 🀣🀣🀣

      2. Hahaha πŸ˜‚ can’t believe how much I’m enjoying this silly talks. My fats are dancing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      3. Yes that’s true. But I’ll still reduce it because it’s hard to get another baby if I’m overweight πŸ˜„

      4. Oh that’s right πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ Better forget for now the eggshells and concentrate on important things 🍼 πŸ˜‰πŸ€ͺ

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