Fresh mussels are delicious and welcoming in this soup.
- 4 pounds fresh mussels
- ˝ cup olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 red pepper, seeded
- 1 cup tomatoes (you can substitute 3 Tbs tomato paste diluted in ˝ cup water)
- ˝ cup dry, white wine
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 Tbs parsley, chopped
- Scrub the mussels and rinse carefully under running water.
- In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over a medium heat.
- Add the garlic and red pepper. Sauté over medium heat until the garlic just starts to brown.
- Add the tomatoes and wine. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the mussels, add the salt, cover, and cook for 5 minutes over a medium-high heat. (The shells should be open after this cooking period. Do not eat any mussels that have not opened.)
- Add the parsley, stir, and serve.
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