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    Mussel Soup

    Mussel Soup. Photo by Mrs Goodall

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    susie cooks's Note:

    This is a classy yet simple soup from France. I have made mussel soup before but this is the best recipe. Make sure you have the freshest mussels!! Serve with a good loaf of crusty bread to soak up all the wonderful broth! To make this into an entrée add 1/2 pound of cooked pasta, such as penne. Add the pasta to the soup just before serving. This is from Mark Bittman.

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    1. 1
      Put the mussels, wine and shallots in a saucepan and turn the heat to high. Cover and cook, shaking occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 5 minutes.
    2. 2
      Remove the mussels with a slotted spoon and strain the broth; set aside.
    3. 3
      Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
    4. 4
      Stir in the garlic and crumble the saffron into the saucepan. Pour in the reserved mussel broth, cayenne and enough water to make 5 cups of soup.
    5. 5
      Add the cream, if you are using it. Bring to just a boil, then turn off the heat and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    6. 6
      Arrange mussels in soup bowls and pour the hot broth over them.
    7. 7
      Garnish with basil and chervil if desired.

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    • on July 18, 2006


      Absolutely amazing! This dish is pretty easy, pretty to look at and pretty dang tasty!! Please add the cream, the soup is still light and brothy, but it gives it a beautiful color and slight bit of richness. The yellow broth and red saffron threads look beautiful. The flavor is fabulous. I got 3 cups of broth after steaming the mussles and only added an additional 1 cup of water, making the total soup 4 cups before adding the cream. I thought it was perfect. Thanks susie for a great recipe I will definitely make again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Mussel Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (673 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 603.0
    Calories from Fat 171
    Total Fat 19.0 g
    Saturated Fat 7.4 g
    Cholesterol 150.2 mg
    Sodium 1378.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 2.9 g
    Protein 55.3 g

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