Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Attempt #54: Spanish fish & chorizo soup

From this attempt, I realized that Chorizo and fish work so well together.  However, make sure the ingredients esp the fish and chorizo is of best quality.

Sprinkle pangrattato on top to add a lovely crunchiness to the soup and is well worth the little bit of extra effort. 

The result

Couple of things I discovered from this attempt:
1. Chorizo comes in both spicy and sweet ones. I have always only tried the spicy ones and for this recipe, I used the spicy one as well.
2. It is quite tricky to get a deliciously good shot of a tomato-based dish as most comes out looking yucky although it tastes absolutely great! :)  

Heat a large pan on a medium heat, add a good lug of olive oil, the sliced garlic, chopped chillies and chopped basil stalks. Fry everything together for a minute then add the sliced chorizo. Cook for another few minutes until the sausage starts to brown, then pour in the white wine, tinned tomatoes, rice and chickpeas. Season well and simmer for 10 minutes, until the rice is just about cooked. 

Meanwhile, put a frying pan on a medium heat to make the pangrattato. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and let it heat up for a minute or so, then add the breadcrumbs, flat-leaf parsley and lemon zest. Fry for a couple of minutes until it's all golden brown and crispy then put to one side. 
After the soup has simmered for 10 minutes, it should have thickened a little, so stir in about 200ml of hot water and bring everything to the boil. Cut each of the fish fillets into three pieces, then, carefully, so you don't get splashed by any of the hot liquid, place them and the prawns into the mixture. Cook for a further 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the prawns are pink. 
When the fish is perfectly cooked, stir through the basil leaves. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and top each with a nice big spoonful of pangrattato. Serve with a few wedges of lemon to squeeze over the finished dish and enjoy all those gorgeous flavours!


olive oil
·      2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
·      2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced
·      1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked and stalks finely chopped
·      1 iberico sausage, around 200g, sliced
·      ½ bottle white wine
·      2 x 400 g tinned plum tomatoes
·      1 handful basmati rice
·      400 g tinned chickpeas, drained
·      sea salt
·      freshly ground black pepper
·      2 bream fillets, fromsustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, skinned and pin-boned
·      2 pollock fillets, fromsustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, skinned and pin-boned
·      12 raw prawns, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger, peeled, tails left on
·      2 lemons, cut into wedges

·      For the pangrattato

·      2 handfuls breadcrumbs
·      1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
·      zest of 1 lemon

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