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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 3/4 cups stew)

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.

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

IsabellaDarling's Review

April 24, 2014
This is a very spicy dish. All one tastes is the heat; there are no nuances of flavor. Why spend $2 on fennel when the flavor is entirely lost? Try cabbage instead. $9 for the arrabbiata sauce, $3 for the clam juice, $2 for the fennel, $7 for the tilapia...a lot of money for a disappointing dish. I found this recipe in the "until June, 26,1 2014" issue of Cooking Light All-Time Top-Rated Recipes magazine... And I paid $12 for that! How did this recipe receive "best" status? By the way, I do enjoy spicy foods.

steponme's Review

Cynthia G
February 06, 2014
Maybe it was my arrabiatta sauce, yes it was spicy-hot, but other than that, I found this to be on the bland side. It seemed to be missing something.

Nsdfoodie's Review

December 07, 2013
Quick and easy to make. Extremely delicious.

karinemarc74's Review

December 07, 2013
I subsituted tilapia with monkfish (great firm fish, perfect for a stew) since my fishmonger hadn't any and it was very tasty. I will do it again. I served with with boiled potatoes and had a nice piece of bread to soak the juices.

JessicaJJM's Review

December 02, 2013
Yum! Great soup, easy and quick to prepare. The fennel gave it a natural and healthy spicy kick.

AnitaGShah85's Review

December 02, 2013
Used wild caught shrimp instead of tilapia and chicken broth instead of clam juice. AMAZING!

Cynthia G's Review

November 20, 2013
This was quick and easy and my husband and son loved it. I used Trader Joe's Arrabbiata sauce and added red potatoes that I quartered and boiled in salted water until tender. I served it with a green salad and crusty bread. I will definitely make this again.