You don't have to be a chef to make this recipe for the Barefoot Contessa's authentic cioppino, a tomato-based seafood stew loaded with shrimp, cod, mussels, and clams.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for 10 minutes, until tender.
Stir in the garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes and cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add the tomatoes, stock, wine, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Add the seafood in the following order: first the cod, then the shrimp, scallops, and finally the mussels. Do not stir. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes until the seafood is cooked and the shellfish open.
Stir in the liqueur, being careful not to break up the fish; cover and set aside for 3 minutes for the flavors to blend. Discard any mussels that have not opened.
Ladle into large, shallow bowls, sprinkle with parsley and serve with slices of sourdough baguette.
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