Mussel and Vegetable Soup

    1 hour 20 minutes

    A lovely potato and mussel soup which is fabulous with warm bread. It contains leeks, garlic, celery, carrots and potatoes.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 kg mussels in shell, scrubbed
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 leeks, white part only, thinly sliced
    • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
    • 2 carrots, cut into small cubes
    • 400g potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
    • 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable stock
    • 150ml dry white wine
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
    • salt and pepper
    • 1/3 cup (20g) chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Prepare the mussels: discard any broken shells or shells that do not close when tapped. Put the clean mussels into a saucepan and cover tightly. Cook over a medium heat for 4 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally. Check that the mussels have opened – if not, cover and cook for a further 1–2 minutes. Drain the mussels, reserving the juices that have come from the shells. Reserve a few mussels in their shells as a garnish; remove the remainder from their shells and set aside. Discard the shells and any unopened mussels. Rinse the saucepan.
    2. Heat the oil in the clean saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, leeks, celery and carrots and cook gently for 5–10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are softened but not browned. Add the potatoes, stock, wine, reserved juices from the mussels, lemon juice, bay leaf, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pan and simmer the soup gently for 20–30 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
    3. Remove the bay leaf and thyme, then add the shelled mussels, parsley and chives to the pan. Heat gently for about 1 minute. Do not allow the soup to boil or cook for any longer than this or the mussels will become tough and shrink.
    4. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish with the reserved mussels in shells. Serve at once, while piping hot.

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