This post was sponsored by Season Brand Sardines. All thoughts & opinions are always my own.
Enjoy this Italian Fisherman’s Sardine Stew made with pantry staples. This simple & traditional Italian stew is loaded with bright & authentic flavor for a quick anytime meal.
It’s not a secret – I’m quite partial to Italian food. I can easily say it’s my favorite cuisine. Not only do I love the bright and complex flavors – I also appreciate the sheer simplicity of it all.
Like most cuisines, people worked with local ingredients they had on hand. Each region had a different abundance of ingredients at their disposal. Hence, Northern Italian dishes are quite different than Southern Italian dishes.
The Fisherman’s Stew is one of those simple, beautiful dishes. It was made with the catch of the day, or the random leftovers from the catch of the day. You can throw any combination of fish or shellfish in this stew and it will yield a hearty, flavorful bowl of deliciousness.
An Italian buddy told me that Fisherman’s Stew was known almost as a peasant fisherman’s dish that became a comfort food over the generations. He also swore it’s the best cure for a long, overindulgent night out.
Today I’m working with pantry staples. Tomatoes aren’t in season and I have no fresh fish on hand. I do though, have a pantry filled with crushed tomatoes and canned goods…
I’ve partnered with Season Sardines to share a few recipes to show you how delicious & diverse the mighty little sardine can be.
Sardines pack a major punch of flavor and nutrition. Sardines are a very tasty fish – but not overwhelmingly fishy. One little can is LOADED with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, plus high in calcium, protein and iron.
Sardines are also far lower in contaminants than many of the bigger fish we eat.
Season Brand Sardines are wild caught & certified sustainable. This is important – not only are some more popular fish we eat aggressively over-fished, often there are questions of origins and handling.
Ready to eat right out of the tin, sardines make a great addition to any of your recipes.
Like in this Fisherman’s Sardine Stew. Throw everything in a pot, simmer and dinner is ready in no time.
This stew becomes a hearty meal with a nice salad and LOADS of fresh, crusty bread for dipping. Bread is an absolute necessity with this stew.
Feel free to throw whatever other seafood you have on hand in the pot. I love adding mussels to this!
Here’s to a quick, healthy & absolutely delicious meal!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
- 4 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup wine, red or white (I used red)
- large can crushed tomatoes, 28 oz
- fish or seafood stock, 15 oz can
- can diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon parsley
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (more to taste if preferred)
- 5-6 cans Season Sardines, drained
- mussels or other shellfish (optional)
- Large loaf of fresh, crusty bread
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large saucepan.
- Saute onions until translucent, about 10 minutes.
- Add minced garlic, saute for a minute or two.
- Add wine, scrape pan to deglaze.
- Add crushed tomatoes, fish stock, diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, parsley & crushed red pepper.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15- 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Taste, add additional red pepper if more heat is preferred.
- Add sardines. Stir in, breaking up some sardines.
- Simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.
- Salt & pepper to taste if necessary.
- Serve with lots of crusty bread for dipping.
- Enjoy 🙂