Mussel Soup with Wheat Beer and Star AniseBy CaputMundiCibus.com
- Recipe TypeEntree
- Prep Time30 minutes
John, a chef and blogger living in Rome, Italy, shares his recipe for a rich mussel soup. Recreate this recipe with your favorite American Wheat Ale and serve with your favorite local bread.
- 2 lbs mussels
- 3 shallots or 1/2 onion
- 1 stalk celery
- A small piece of fennel
- A small carrot
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 generous Tbsp butter
- 4 cups milk
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 bottle wheat beer
- Marjoram or oregano
- sumac (if available)
- Clean the mussels by rinsing them under cold water, scrubbing them and removing the “beard”. Make sure to throw away any mussels that are open (and won´t close if you tap them hard), broken or damaged in any way.
- Start by chopping all the vegetables except the garlic into very small pieces.
- Peel the garlic cloves and lightly crush them. Put the vegetables in a pan together with the butter, bay leaf, sprig of marjoram/oregano and the garlic.
- Cook over medium-low heat for a couple of minutes until soft but not brown. Add the mussels. Add 6.5 ounces of water, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the mussels have opened (about 5-6 minutes). Discard any mussels that remain closed.
- Strain the liquid into a saucepan, add the milk and the star anise. Boil gently for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, discard the star anise and then add the beer. Add salt to taste.
- Arrange the mussels in serving bowls, mix the soup with an immersion blender to create a nice froth and then pour it over the mussels. Pick some leaves of marjoram/oregano and put them on each plate. Finally sprinkle a small amount of sumac on top.
- At my house the soup is served with rye sourdough grissini, but any good bread would work just fine!
- See John's original post.
John, author of Caput Mundi Cibus, spends his days working in a restaurant in Rome, learning about Italian cuisine and life in general. He left Sweden for his journey and a vision to explore a new country, cuisine, language, people and many beautiful things. He has found both--native to Italy and from elsewhere during his travels.