Life in the A-Frame

Life in the A-Frame

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cioppino style soup with lentils

I was watching Bobby Flay the other night on "Throwdown" and he challenged a chef to a "Cioppino" throwdown. Cioppino, which means "little soup" or "chopped" is, as I understand it, an Italian seafood soup made from a variety of seafood. In the "old days" the fisherman would all pool their catch to make this dish. I had to try to make a version. Here in central Texas, I was limited to the type of seafood I could buy. Traditional Cioppino has wine, clams, lobster, fish etc. I had shrimp and calamari. The traditional version has tomato sauce but I used organic canned tomato bisque, and no wine. Then I threw in some lentils to make it heartier. And guess what-it was delicious!

Cioppino style soup with Lentils

2 Tbl. olive oil
2 Tbl. butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 carrots, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 pound of raw, peeled shrimp
1 pound of calamari, cut into pieces
4 cups water
1 can organic tomato bisque soup (I used Amy's brand)
1/2 uncooked lentils
salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste

Saute onion, bell pepper and carrots in the olive oil and butter until soft. Add the shrimp and garlic. Cook until shrimp are lightly browned. Add the water and let simmer to make a stock. Add the calamari and tomato soup. Cook until calamari are done (about 3 minutes). Taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. I served mine with cornbread but Bobby Flay made toasted garlic, cheese croutons with his.

The stock made with onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, butter, olive oil, garlic, and shrimp is a rich golden color.
Adding the bisque makes the broth even richer, with a light tomato flavor.

Now the broth is an orange color with the addition of the tomato bisque and calamari.

You can see the chunks of seafood, as well as the vegetables in this hearty Cioppino. The lentils and cornbread make it a full meal.


DebH said...

I saw that same show..and wanted to remember the name of the soup they were doing. Thanks, that looks absolutely delicious!

KathyB. said...

Boy oh boy, my husband would love this. You are a good cook and I bet your family appreciates it!

Southern Comfort said...

I love to cook and I've been told that I'm a good cook. I love my own cooking even. This soup was so good and we had it for lunch the next day. Next time, I'm going to pan fry a piece of fish for each of us and then pour a ladle of soup over it. Doesn't that sound good?

Mom24 said...

I've never cooked with or eaten lentils, for some reason they scare me. One of these days maybe I'll try them.