This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis and Food Network
Lucia's uncle would have shown her how to clean the mussels and clams (including pulling off the beard -toward the hinge end). Not having Uncle Gianni handy I had to do some research on the computer. Thankfully the shrimp came cleaned and deveined. YAY!
Ingredients1/4 cup olive oil
2 1/2 pounds total), scrubbed
Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add
the garlic, bay leaf, and crushed red pepper. Saute until
the garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the
tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until the tomatoes begin to break
down and the flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Stir in the clams. Cover and cook
for 5 minutes. Stir in the mussels. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels open, about 5
Using a tongs, transfer the opened shellfish to serving
bowls (discard any shellfish that do not open). Add the shrimp and basil to the
simmering tomato broth. Simmer
until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide the shrimp
and tomato broth among the bowls. Serve with the warm bread.
The heroine of Molto Mayhem, Lucia, is sent to Italy to learn the fine art of cooking from her Aunt Cristina. In a twist, it is actually the uncle who teaches her the beauty of Italian cuisine.