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Brodetto di Pesce: Tomato Seafood Broth

Brodetto di Pesce: Tomato Seafood Broth

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A comforting Italian dish, this tomato seafood stew, or Brodetto di Pesce, is a perfect winter dish soaked up with a good loaf of bread.

Brodetto di Pesce: Tomato Seafood Broth

Brodetto di pesce (seafood broth) is an authentic, Italian dish. A delicious selection of seafood is cooked in a tomato broth flavored with wine and garlic. It’s comfort food for seafood lovers.

San Francisco has their cioppino, but did you know Italy has their own versions? Depending on what region they are from, they are all called different names. Today’s recipe is from the home of Pomì tomatoes, the region of Emilia Romagna (and one of my favorite places to visit). They call it brodetto di pesce. Not quite soup or a stew, it’s more like something in between.

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I am excited to be working with Pomì tomatoes for this recipe to introduce their new organic line of tomatoes and brodetto di pesce is a delicious way to showcase this popular seafood dish.

We are in the midst of the holiday season and for Christmas Eve in my house we celebrate the feast of the seven fishes to honor my husbands Italian heritage. For Christmas Eve, Italian-Americans practice a partial fast serving seafood instead of meat. The seven fishes are usually spread over many courses and this brodetto di pesce would be one of the courses using five of the fishes.

Brodetto di Pesce: Tomato Seafood Broth

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My favorite aspect of this dish (besides eating it) is how quickly it comes together. After you have gathered the ingredients, there’s only 10 minutes of cooking time because seafood cooks quickly so this is perfect for entertaining. I made this dish in a large cast iron pan that I bring to the table to the pan so everyone can help themselves. Don’t forget lots of bread to soak up the delicious tomato sauce.

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Janette Fuschi
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Servings 5 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup Pinot Grigio or any dry white wine
  • 8 ounces Pomi organic strained tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds assorted seafood clams mussels, shrimp, scallops and firm fish (I used seabass). Scrub the shellfish well.
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley chopped
  • Crusty bread for serving


  • To a large, heavy dutch oven or saucepan, add the oil over medium-low heat.
  • Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for 1 minute without browning.
  • Pour in the wine, stir and allow the wine to reduce slightly.
  • Stir in the strained tomatoes, salt and pepper. Turn up the heat to medium and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the clams and mussels and stir, cover the pan and steam for 5 minutes until all the shellfish are open.
  • Season the shrimp, scallops and seabass evenly with salt and pepper, then add to the pan. Stir to coat in the sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • If any of the shellfish do not open, discard them.
  • Serve warm garnished with parsley and bread.


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