Arrabbiata, a spicy sauce of garlic, tomato, and chile pepper, forms the base for this stew. You can substitute cod or shrimp for the tilapia. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
1 large fennel bulb with stalks
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups bottled arrabbiata sauce (such as Rao's)
1/2 cup water
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces
How to Make It
Trim tough outer leaves from fennel; mince feathery fronds to measure 2 tablespoons. Remove and discard the stalks. Cut fennel bulb in half lengthwise; discard core. Thinly slice fennel bulb. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sliced fennel; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 4 minutes or until fennel is crisp-tender. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add arrabbiata sauce, 1/2 cup water, and clam juice to pan; simmer 5 minutes. Add tilapia to pan; cover and simmer 4 minutes or until done. Divide stew among 4 bowls, and sprinkle evenly with the reserved fennel fronds.
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