Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Zuppa di Pesce from Amalfi
1 hr 15 min
40 min
35 min
4 servings
1 hr 15 min
40 min
35 min
4 servings


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups Basic Tomato Sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 8 giant crayfish
  • 8 mussels, scrubbed, bearded and rinsed
  • 8 razor clams
  • 4 young red mullets
  • Four 1-inch thick slices country bread
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup
  • 1 bunch fresh marjoram, leaves only
Basic Tomato Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped in 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
  • Two 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
  • Salt, to taste


In a large casserole, heat the olive oil over moderate heat. 

Add the celery, garlic, onion, and pepper flakes and cook until translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, wine and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the fish, and shellfish, cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and reduce the heat to a simmer until the shellfish have opened, 5 to 6 minutes. 

Toast the bread and, while still hot, rub with the garlic. Lay 1 slice in each of 4 bowls. Divide the seafood among the 4 bowls, then divide the broth among the bowls, and sprinkle each bowl with parsley. Garnish with marjoram leaves. Serve immediately. 

Basic Tomato Sauce:

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. 

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