Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins
I made this up one day when my Dad was coming to visit. He's a big mussels fan and I always make mussels but I always went with this heavier tomato sauce which I was getting tired of. I came up with this sort of mussels soup/stew. Bottom line is it is simple, tasty and looks great. I use the same wine that I serve (wine with soup? Wha?) to cook with and I serve it with some crusty French bread. This is very filling.
- 1 lb mussels, cleaned, sorted and debearded (like a bag of mussels)
- 1 head fennel
- 1 lb chorizo sausage, removed from the casing (Italian works too but I like the heat of chorizo)
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 (340 g) package grape tomatoes (or cherry, or strawberry, etc...)
- 4 -5 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper
- Remove the tops and stem bottom of the fennel, reserving the green 'hairs', and slice vertically into thin slices. Finely chop those hairs as well.
- In a large sauté pan, brown the sausage over medium high heat with a little olive oil.
- Once the sausage is browned, add the fennel and 1 cup of wine. Braise for about 10 minutes until fennel is flexible but still crunchy and the wine has reduced by half.
- Add the tomatoes and garlic to the sausage/fennel mixture. Crush about half the tomatoes with the back of a spoon to release some of their juices. Cook for about another 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile add the other cup of wine and mussels to a stockpot, cover and cook on medium heat until mussels are cooked, about 4-5 minutes.
- Once the mussels are cooked (discard any unopened mussels), combine the mussels (and liquid) with the sausage mixture and mix well. Cook for about another 5 minutes to meld the flavours. Season to taste.
- Serve in large soup bowls, spooning a little of the broth in each bowl and topping the fennel, chorizo and mussels mixture with some of the reserved fennel tops.