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.