Fish and Orzo Soup

Fish and Orzo Soup

3/4 pound Halibut — cut into 1-in cubes
1 1/2 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Olive oil
1 large Onion — halved and thinly sliced
1/2 can (28oz) Italian plum tomatoes — drained
2 8-oz bottles clam juice
3/4 cup Dry white wine
1 Bay leaf
1 1×4-inch orange peel strip
1/8 teaspoon Fennel seeds — crushed
1/8 teaspoon Dried red pepper flakes
Salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup Orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 pound Clams — well scrubbed
Minced fresh parsley

Mix halibut, lemon juice and 2 tsp. oil in small bowl. Let mixture stand while preparing soup.
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
Squeeze tomatoes through fingers to break up while adding to saucepan.
Add clam juice, wine, bay leaf, orange peel, fennel and pepper flakes. Simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Add orzo and cook 5 minutes
Add clams to soup. Cover and cook 5 minutes.
Add fish. Cover and cook until fish is opaque and clams open, about 4 minutes longer.
Discard bay leaf and orange peel.
Spoon soup into bowls. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Serves 2

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