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Even as a kid I loved seafood. We’re talking clams, mussels, squid, you name it, I love it. I know at least one of my kids came out of the womb with the seafood gene. On any given day since she was a baby, Chloe would either be yelling “more calamari” across a restaurant or asking the seafood vendors at our farmers market, Marilyn and Eileen, for baby clams, whole octopus or smoked salmon. These are the moments I realize the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Seafood Stew from

At our favorite family run Italian restaurant, Aroma, they created a dish long ago called the “Catherine Special”. It’s a take on a bouillabaisse/Cioppino with tons of chunky tomatoes, garlic and hunks of seafood. While Chef Ed's is a more old world red sauce version, my Seafood Stew has more of a soup consistency made in a big stock pot which Chloe has been known to slurp up till the last drop.

Seafood Stew from

Served with a side of pasta or some Crispy Broccoli it makes for a simple, yet hearty weeknight meal!

Seafood Stew from

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Seafood Stew (serves 4-6)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 30 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound mussels
  • 1/2 pound clams
  • 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 pound calamari, sliced into rings
  • 1/4 cup minced parsley, for garnish, optional


In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium high heat.

Add the onions and cook for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.

Add the wine, tomatoes, clam juice, bay leaf and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes.

Add in all the seafood at once and stir to combine. Cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through and mussels and clams have opened, about 5-7 minutes.

Garnish with parsley if desired and serve immediately

Note: Discard any mussels or clams that haven't opened after 5-7 minutes.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Gaby

    This is one yummy looking bowl of stew!

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