Recipe courtesy of Dan Rinaldi

Firehouse Fra-Diavilo

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 50 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a cold 8-quart stockpot, put 2/3 cup of olive oil, garlic cloves, whole onion, beef shank, and pork chops. Turn heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Turn meat over and cook for 5 more minutes. Puree the tomatoes in the blender, and add them to the stockpot. Add 2 tablespoons hot sauce, tomato paste, all dry ingredients and 3/4 cup of cheese to the stockpot. Cover pot and simmer for 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  2. Fill a 16-quart stockpot halfway with water and add 3 tablespoons of the hot sauce, beer, celery, and coarsely chopped onion. Bring to a boil. Add the lobsters and boil for 10 minutes. Remove the lobsters from the water and let cool. Remove the lobster meat and refrigerate in a covered bowl. Reserve and refrigerate the lobster bodies to be used as garnish.
  3. Put 1/3 cup olive oil in a frying pan and turn heat to medium. Put in the clams and cover. Cook for about 7 minutes, or until they open. Add 4 cups of the tomato sauce from the stockpot, remaining 1/2 tablespoon hot sauce, heavy cream, and mussels. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add shrimp and lobster and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  4. Cook linguini according to the directions on the box, and then add it to the contents of the frying pan. Mix all ingredients together and divide evenly onto 4 plates, garnishing each plate with a lobster body and 1 teaspoon fresh parsley (or, serve family style in a large bowl). Add extra sauce and cheese to taste. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

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