Fideua (Catalan pasta paella)
A delicious dish made with short pasta, seafood and a tomato-based sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 4 -6
- 1 bronzini whole - also called dorada, often sold as sea bass in UK - ask for fillets removed but keep bones
- 1/2 lb shrimp/prawns 225g, shell on
- 1 stick celery
- 1 carrot small, cleaned but no need to peel or take ends off
- 2 stems parsley
- 1 sprig thyme
- 5 tbsp olive oil approx
- 1 Spanish onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 14 oz crushed tomatoes 400g, 1 can
- 2 small pinches around 15 threads saffron
- 12 oz pasta 340g, fideos/broken spaghetti
- 1/2 lb clams 225g
Remove the shells from the shrimp/prawns and keep the shells.
Make the stock by placing the fish bones, shells of the shrimp, celery, carrot, parsley stems, sprig of thyme and a small wedge of the onion in a pot and cover with water. You'll need to add around 4 cups/960ml water to the pot. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to a simmer (covered).
Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining onion, pepper and garlic.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet/frying pan over a medium-low heat and fry the fish and shrimp gently until almost cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Clean out any stuck-on skin etc from pan, add the remaining oil and then the onion and pepper.
Cook for around 10min, stirring now and then (turn lower after a few mins), then add paprika, garlic and fennel seeds.
By now the stock should be ready; strain it to remove all the bones and vegetables and add the saffron to infuse.
Cook the onions and spice mixture for 5 more minutes then add tomatoes.
Cook a further few mins then add fideos (pasta). Stir well so that they are covered by the oily mixture and cook another couple minutes.
Add the stock (3cups/750ml) to the pan, stir then leave to cook at a simmer for 10min.
Stir then add the clams, pushing them under the liquid and pasta. Allow them to cook a minute and add the shrimp/prawns and fish as well. After about 5 mins the clams should open and all should be ready.
Calories: 817kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 66g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 325mg | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 1288mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 83% | Vitamin C: 66% | Calcium: 19.3% | Iron: 33.7%