Prep 10 mins
Cook 27 mins
This is a lovely Soup for a Winter Dinner Party!or any type of Gathering of friends and family.
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 tablespoon peri-peri or 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs
- 1 pinch saffron or 1 pinch ground turmeric
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 8 cups fish stock or 8 cups chicken stock
- 2 medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped
- 1⁄3 cup sun-dried tomato pesto or 1⁄3 cup tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato pesto or 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 lb frozen mussels on the half shell or 1 lb frozen fresh mussels
- 1⁄2 cup cream, thick
- seasoning salt
- 4 -6 cloves garlic, crushed
- 3 fresh chili peppers, very finely chopped (with pips)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 slice white bread, soaked in a little of the soup and mashed
- 1⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- Sauté the onions in the butter/oil mixture.
- Add the garlic, herbs, saffron and flour and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Add the stock and fresh tomatoes.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the tomato pesto, sugar and mussels and simmer a further 5 minutes.
- Add the cream and adjust the seasoning.
- If the soup tastes weak allow to reduce by cooking without a lid for a while.
- Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley and serve with a spoonful of rouille and a crusty garlic loaf.
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and serve with seafood soups and stews.
This was simply superb and one of the nicest warming soups I've had in a long while. I used very hot Asian long chilis in the rouille but the other nice thing about the recipe is seperating the chili from the soup, so everyone can use as much or little of the rouille as they like. I used frozen New Zealand mussel meat so didn't have the shells for presentation, but it sure would look even better with a few half-shells around the serving bowl. All the flavours blended together so well and are perfectly balanced.