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Use this classic stock to make our Provencal Seafood Pie.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2005


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, washed well and coarsely chopped
  • Coarsely chopped fronds from 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Reserved lobster shell from Provencal Seafood Pie
  • Reserved shrimp shells from Provencal Seafood Pie
  • 4 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 3 canned whole peeled plum tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, leek, fennel fronds, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Add lobster shells and shrimp shells, parsley, and bay leaf; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in wine, clam juice, tomatoes, and 1 1/2 cups water. Reduce heat to medium low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.

  2. Pour stock through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids. Add saffron and cayenne. Season with salt.

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