Marinara Soup

Accidental Seafood Soup

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Although it started as an accident, this “easy seafood soup” has turned into one of our all-time favorites.

I was working on a seafood paella recipe but an accident happened during this particular cooking endeavor. I wasn’t quite sure how I screw up the whole recipe as I followed every single measurement but I still ended up with too much liquid for my Arborio rice. The taste was exquisite, no doubt, that we ate up the whole thing for dinner, like having wonderful soup on rice hahaha!

Yes, I finally cooked it right, I mean the paella – tweaking the recipe where I think it should (I will definitely share it next time) but we embraced this “accidental seafood soup” with all our hearts. Sometimes, I would buy few pieces of mussels or clams to make the soup as a side dish.

Olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
8 large tomatoes, preferably peeled and chopped
Mixed seafood mixture, thawed (or use fresh shrimps and squids)
Fresh mussels, cleaned
Green peas (optional)
2 cups of fish stock
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Fish sauce
Ground pepper

Heat olive oil in a pan. Fry garlic until golden brown. Add onion and half of the tomatoes and fry until softened. Stir together well. Add fish stock, season with patis and pepper and bring to boil.

Add seafood mixture, mussels and peas, cover with a lid and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until mussels have opened. Stir in the remaining tomatoes and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Not pearly but shells!
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

15 thoughts on “Accidental Seafood Soup

  1. Hi Iska! Congrats! Been a while. Been so busy, but I’ll write soon.Anyway,have been interested in south american cooking (colombian, venezuelan et al). Check out Sancocho…that’s comfort and recipe so close to pinoy’s.

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