½ cup olive oil
½ cup onions
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon celery, chopped
1 tablespoon green pepper, chopped
2 cups solid-pack tomatoes
2 tablespoons salt (a little at a time to taste)
1 tablespoon paprika
½ cup sherry
3 cups water (or clam juice or fish stock)
pinch dried basil
2½ cups crab meat
2½ pounds of large shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 sea bass filets, cut into bite-size pieces
½ pound chopped lobster meat
1½ pounds clams
1 cup tomato sauce
Braise the onions, garlic, parsley, celery and green peppers in the olive oil until they are golden brown.
Add the tomatoes and the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, paprika and sherry. Cook 15 minutes.
Add water, dried basil and cook slowly for 1 hour.
After the sauce is cooked and seasoned to taste, add all of the seafood and simmer for 40 minutes.
Serve with French bread.