Cindy's Fish Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small head fennel, tops discarded, and bulb chopped
¼ cup wine (can be white or red, whatever you have open, or you can skip this altogether)
2 teaspoons fish seasoning (I use Dean & Deluca brand. If you can’t find, you could substitute Herbs de Provence)
1 15.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2 5.5 oz can spicy V-8 juice
1 pound firm white fish such as halibut, cod, or rockfish, cut into 1” cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, fennel, and garlic, and sauté until soft, about 10-15 minutes. Add the wine, and continue cooking for a couple of minutes. Add the V-8, tomatoes, and fish seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and add the chopped fish. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the fish is cooked through and the flavors have blended, about 15 minutes. Serve with slices of crusty bread that have been toasted in the oven and rubbed with a garlic clove.
Variations: If you would like a spicier soup, you can add a chopped jalapeno to the onions when sautéing, or add some red pepper flakes. I’ve also made this with the addition of potatoes, or with chopped zucchini or yellow squash if I want more veggies in add. I also sometimes season with Sherry Rum Peppers Sauce or a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
I followed Cindy's recipe up to the point of adding tomatoes and V-8. I don't do tomatoes! This may come as a shock to some of you, but no tomatoes are eaten by this "Italian cook". That's right, no caprese salad (as gorgeous as it always looks to me), no recipes with either fresh or canned tomatoes! My only exception is my own ragu with tons of meat, or a Bolognese type sauce. I guess with enough meat, I will eat anything. Poor Brad only gets tomatoes in his salads when he is in a restaurant!
Anyway, instead of the tomatoes and V-8, I added 4 cups of fish stock and another splash of wine. I also added the red pepper flakes, and the resulting soup was delicious! It is very similar to another recipe i have that I hadn't yet tried. So here is the clear version of Cindy's Fish Soup: