Seafood Stew with Tomatoes and Basil

posted by DonnaMarie 01-29-100 8:11 AM

Seafood Stew with Tomatoes and Basil
(Serves 4)

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
2 Tbl. chopped garlic
4 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
2 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes with added puree
2 1/2 cups bottled clam juice
1 cup dry white wine
2 (6 1/2 oz.) chopped clams, drained, liquid reserved
1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and devined
6 oz. crabmeat
1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil
cayenne pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, oregano, and fennel seeds. Saute until onion is tender - about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, clam juice, white wine, and liquid reserved from clams. Increase heat and boil until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.

Add clams, shrimp and crabmeat. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Mix in fresh basil and simmer until shrimp are just opaque in center - about 2 minutes longer.

Season stew to taste with cayenne, salt and pepper. Serve with a green salad, garlic bread and a crisp white wine.

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