Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Spicy Hot Mussel Soup

This is a great soup for those winter months when you want to remember what summer was like. Mussel soup includes many ingredients that are comforting, filling, and appetizing. We had this soup recently and have to admit it's definitely a do over!!

2 lbs. of mussels - cleaned in 1 cup of water, cooked and removed from shell (reserve liquid for soup)
1 bunch broccolini - cooked and chopped
1 bunch escarole or chicory - cooked and chopped (cook both in 4 cups of water and reserve for soup)
4 links of smoked sausage - cooked and cut into small pieces
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 red chili pepper- seeded and cut into small pieces
2 garlic cloves - peeled and diced
1/2 onion - chopped
3 medium size potatoes- cubed
2 tbl. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbl. butter
1/2 cup white wine
salt to taste
Large loaf of crispy, rustic Italian Bread or 1/4 lb. pasta

In a deep pot, place the oil and butter. On low heat add onion and garlic, braise till tender not brown. Add chili pepper and white wine as well as the liquid from mussels and greens. Add mussels, greens, sausage, potatoes, parsley, and salt to taste.
Serve with hot, crispy, crunchy Italian bread!!! Yummmy good.

© Natala Orobello

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