ITALIAN FISH SOUP – Zuppa di Pesce

Fish soup with chickpeas is a flavoursome dish which can be served as a delicious antipasto or main course – and made within less than 30 minutes. The fish is drowned in a light, yet rich tomato sauce and the combination of chickpeas provides the ideal mix of textures. Join  Vincenzo and his Dad, Paolo as they teach you how to make this divine dish which will be the perfect accompaniment to a seafood spread.

Watch video recipe:

ITALIAN FISH SOUP with SWORDISH and CHICKPEAS | Zuppa di Pesce Spada con Ceci

4-5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
½ onion
500g swordfish or monkfish (diced into medium sized cubes)
½ glass white wine
1 glass tomato/basil sauce
1 can of chickpeas (including the liquid!)

Medium size non-stick pot
Wooden spoon
Sharp knife


  1. To make your fish soup, add 4-5 tablespoons of EVOO in a medium sized pot and place it on the stove at a medium heat.
  2. Add ½ onion (diced) and sauté in the pot. Cook them for 2-3 min (or until slightly golden in colour)
  3. Next, add the fish (of your choice) along with ½ glass of white wine

VINCENZO’S PLATE TIP: Add the white wine right away so your fish doesn’t stick to the bottom!

  1. Gently stir the fish soup ingredients using a wooden spoon, making sure none of it is stuck.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, and mix it through then sprinkle in a few pinches of salt.
  3. Let the fish soup simmer for up to 10 minutes, stirring it every so often, dropping the temperature slightly if it is bubbling too much.
  4. Next, add the chickpeas with all the thick liquid, and stir through.
  5. Leave the fish soup to simmer for a couple more minutes, then switch off the stove and leave to cool for a couple of minutes.
  6. To add even more flavour to the fish soup, 2 minutes before it is ready, sprinkle a generous amount of parsley on top and mix.

Serve the fish soup in a ramekin or small terracotta bowl, then  add a side of toasted or freshly grilled bread (for dipping of course) and a final sprinkle (or sprig) of parsley!

ITALIAN FISH SOUP with SWORDISH and CHICKPEAS | Zuppa di Pesce Spada con Ceci

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E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate…Enjoy!

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