seafood and chicken brodetto

in anticipation of the giant snow storm that was coming our way, we had a dinner party. i made seafood brodetto and chicken brodetto that i’ve made once before. i had to quadruple the recipe (okay i didn’t need to, because we had way too much food in the end, but i thought i did).

unfortunately it didn’t scale well. it turned  more into a pilaf than a brodetto. but it still tasted good. so to make this recipe in normal size.

adapted from cooking with trader joe.

makes 3-4 servings

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked israeli couscous
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 cup uncooked orecchiette pasta
  • 1/4 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 2-4 cups seafood (scallops, calamari, shrimp) or 3-4 chicken breasts, chopped and cooked with a little olive oil
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes (i used canned) or bruschetta mix
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon

combine chicken broth, water, and olive oil in a large pot and bring to a boil. add in couscous and orzo. let cook for 10 minutes. then add in pasta. let that cook for 12-15 min, it should start to stew.

add in sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and capers. let that stew for another 5 or so minutes. taste the broth. it should be delicious. add in seafood or chicken. let it stew for another 5 minutes or so. finally,  add stewed tomatoes (or bruschetta) and lemon juice.

*it should be brothy, not pilaf-like you see in my photo. but i started too early and the pasta ended up soaking up all the good juices. sadness.


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