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Seafood stew with peas

Seafood stew with peas
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Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 4 to 6
  • 6 ounces pancetta, thickly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • Pinch saffron
  • 1 pound shelled peas
  • 1 1/2 pounds Manila clams
  • 1 pound squid, tubes sliced in rings and tentacles cut in half

Step 1Chop the pancetta and cook it in the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the fat is rendered and the pancetta crisps, about 10 minutes.

Step 2Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and saffron and cook until the wine reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.

Step 3Add the peas and cook just until they begin to soften and lose their starchy taste, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the clams, raise the heat to high and cook, covered, until they just begin to open, about 3 minutes. Add the squid and cook just until it firms, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately.


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