Mussel soup is a great choice for entertaining because it looks impressive when it is garnished with a few of the shells.
This was so delicious!!! I had very salty fresh mussels so just used water instead of fish stock, added some baby zuchinis because they were growing in the garden, and it was so tasty ( I would peeel the green off them if serving guests because it does affect the colour, but the extra sweetness is awesome) . Next time I think I will used the cooked mussels in a stir fry type dish as a second course and have the soup sans mussel meat because the flavour was so delicious and delicate that I just wanted to savour it on its own. And you get the bonus of stretching out your ingredients! - 08 Jan 2011
Used different ingredients. used water instead of fish stock and added some baby courgettes, next time I would even say you could use most of the mussel meat in another dish instead of returning them to the soup. It is so delicious it doesn't need them. Thanks Zoe! - 08 Jan 2011