You will need 1 large saucepan, 1 medium saucepan with a lid and a fine sieve.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
First make the sauce. Heat the large saucepan over a medium heat and add a tablespoon of rapeseed oil.
Add the onion, carrot, celery and red pepper and sauté for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and orange peel and sauté for a further 2 minutes.
Add the bay leaves, chopped rosemary and thyme, star anise, ground fennel seeds and paprika and stir for a minute.
Turn up the heat and add the wine. Bring it to the boil and let it reduce for 3 minutes.
Add the fish stock, tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and a pinch of Maldon sea salt. Bring to the boil and turn down to a gentle simmer. Cook for 25 minutes.
Once the sauce is cooked, remove the orange peel, star anise and bay leaves and discard.
Blitz the soup with a hand blender to a puree and then push it through a fine sieve into a large bowl, making sure that you get as much of the lovely sauce as you can through the sieve. Discard the remanence.
Pour the soup back into the large saucepan and bring it back to the boil. Turn it down to a medium heat and add the prawns and the fish. Stir well and leave to cook on a gentle simmer for 5 minutes, until the prawns are pink and the fish starts to flake.
Meanwhile, place the mussels in the medium saucepan over a high heat. Pop a lid on and wait for the mussels to steam and open. Once they are all open pour them into the soup, with or without their shells. Make sure you pour in all their lovely salty juices from the pan as well.
Sprinkle over the parsley and serve. I like to serve with grated Parmesan and croutons or bread in separate bowls for people to help themselves. Enjoy!
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Traditionally a Bouillabaisse is served with croutons of toasted baguette, grated Parmesan (or Gruyere) and a rouille. The rouille can be bread or potato based which is mixed with garlic, peeled and roasted red peppers, saffron, chilli and oil to help bind it. I haven’t included it here, as it is a bit of a faff (but not too much to bare) and I’m not sure it 100% adds anything to the party.”