Pomì Chopped Tomatoes 2 Cups
Cod is possibly the most ubiquitous fish in Italy and most of Europe.
The reason behind its popularity is not primarily flavor but rather how well and how long it is possible to preserve the fish once it’s salted.
Dating back to ancient memory, salted fish made it from the seaside into the country land, as it would not perish during transport, hence becoming, along with cured anchovies, the only seafood ingredient available in Tuscan farms.
Even if my mother and grandmother still enjoy the ritual of soaking the salted cod in water overnight prior to cooking it, I have to admit that using fresh fish is my favorite way of preparing this soup.
This recipe lands itself to spontaneity, as you can cook in the tomato broth almost any fish you like from Grouper to Snapper, from Mackerel to Sea bass or even Sword Fish.
Heat up the vegetable broth is a small skillet.
In a pot large enough to contain all ingredients heat the olive oil on a medium-high flame and sauté onions, carrots and celery for about 5 minutes until softened but not browned. Add garlic and pepper flakes, stir well and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon for a couple of minutes, then add the white wine and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, until the wine is reduced by a third and the smell of alcohol has faded.
Add the tomatoes and mix well until all ingredients are blended together, bring to a simmer then reduce the flame to a medium and let cook for about 10 minutes.
Once the base for the soup is ready, ladle in the warm broth, season to taste with salt and pepper, stir well and bring back to a simmer.
Gently slide the cod filet into the broth and stir slowly. Cook for about 5 minutes then stir again so the meat starts breaking down in chunks, then keep cooking for another 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, stir in the thyme sprigs, and let cool off for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Finish the plate with a sprinkle of chopped parsley, some freshly grated pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. A well-toasted or broiled slice of country bread is a must for a soup like this and a nice rub of garlic on the bread is recommended as well.
Prep Time: 15 min - Cook Time: 40 min