Cream of Mussel Soup

"Every New England cook has a personal version of mussel soup, depending on the favored regional herbs and cooking customs. Feel free to start with my recipe, and develop your own luscious...

Directions Tap mussels; discard any that do not close. Set aside. In a stockpot, combine the onions, celery, water, wine or broth, clam juice, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil....


Ingredients

  • 3 pounds fresh mussels (about 5 dozen), scrubbed and beards removed
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream

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