This is a quick, "honey it's your turn to cook" meal. Literally. So I raided the fridge and--fortunately for my better half--I tend to have a well stocked pantry, except white wine! So I finally uncorked the last (old but not getting better) bottle of our wedding champagne. The shrimp and scallops were frozen Trader Joes type that I keep on hand for easy cooking nights. This came out super flavorful, good for you, budget friendly, and goes well with a simple salad side and, of course, a glass of bubbly! —bonbonmarie
firm fleshed white fish, cut in 1" chunks
shrimp, uncooked in shell (30)
sea scallops, small
onion, small, chopped
garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
celery ribs, diced
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes w/ juice
dry white wine
fennel bulb, thin sliced then chopped (reserve fronds for garnish)
Saute onions in olive oil. Add garlic and cook until softened. Add celery and cook another three minutes.
Add stock, salsa, tomatoes, bay leaf, rosemary, pepper flakes, salt and a generous few grinds of black pepper. Cook for 15 min or until vegetables are tender. Add wine, fennel and thyme. cook 5 minutes more. Taste and season.
Rinse all seafood and drain. With soup at a hot, but gentle simmer, add shrimp and scallops to pot. After shrimp has turned pink and lost it's translucence, add fish chunks. Gently incorporate into the stew and simmer until fish is cooked through.
Optionally, finish the soup with a teaspoon or so of Pernod. Serve in bowls garnished with chopped fennel fronds.