Easy and delicious as well as a real stunner, this winner dinner comes together in less than an hour. It's a paella-like pasta dish that cooks on the stovetop, then your choice of seafood is added and the dish goes under the broiler until it's cooked through.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat broiler with rack 8 inches from heat source. Heat oil in a large ovenproof braiser or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion, and fennel; saute, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in vermouth and saffron and cook 1 minute more.

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  • Add orzo, clam juice, and broth; bring to a simmer. Stir in mussels and simmer, stirring frequently, until almost all liquid is absorbed and orzo is al dente, about 9 minutes.

  • Season shrimp and squid with salt and add to braiser with cockles, scattering throughout and nestling into orzo mixture. Broil 5 minutes. Season fish with salt and tuck into mixture. Broil until seafood is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes, top with parsley, and serve.

Reviews (1)

30 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3.0 stars
01/05/2020
We made this at Christmas. The broth is very subtly delicious. Saffron cost us $19.99 but worth it!. Our main issue was that the fish got pulverized and lost in the orzo. Orzo filled the clam and mussel shells. Why "one pot" was important is beyond us. So making again today. Going to try and amend to cook seafood separately but still coat with broth somehow.
Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2014
Delicious! Depending on the size of your orzo you may need more liquid. We added scallops with the fish in the last 5 min :) Yum!