1kg mixed, raw marinara mix from fishmonger or supermarket
1 medium brown onion, finely sliced – about 1 cup
1 medium fresh fennel bulb, finely sliced – about 1 cup
1 tin of tomatoes, 400g
2 medium garlic cloves, sliced
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
6-8 bay leaves, fresh or dried
¼ cup olive or macadamia oil
2 cups boiling water
Juice of one lemon
Dried wakame or any other sea vegetable you like to serve
In a large saucepan, heat oil to a medium heat.
Add onion, fennel, garlic, pepper and bay leaves and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion is clear and everything is starting to brown a little. Put the lid on for 3 minutes to steam the vegetable through.
Pop the kettle on so you have the water already boiled and ready to go!
Add the tomatoes and water and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
Add the fresh seafood – white fish, mussels, calamari, prawns – return the lid and bring to the boil. As soon as it’s boiling, turn off the heat and leave for 5 minutes.
Add the lemon juice then serve straight away with a sprinkle of dried wakame.
I felt not to add chilli as the heat from the pepper was perfect for me, but of course, add the fiery chilli if you want to!
So simple, so tasty, so healthy, so heartwarming, so quick, so satisfying!!