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“This is a classy yet simple soup from France. I have made mussel soup before but this is the best recipe. Make sure you have the freshest mussels!! Serve with a good loaf of crusty bread to soak up all the wonderful broth! To make this into an entrée add 1/2 pound of cooked pasta, such as penne. Add the pasta to the soup just before serving. This is from Mark Bittman.”

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  1. Put the mussels, wine and shallots in a saucepan and turn the heat to high. Cover and cook, shaking occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the mussels with a slotted spoon and strain the broth; set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until fragrant and softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and crumble the saffron into the saucepan. Pour in the reserved mussel broth, cayenne and enough water to make 5 cups of soup.
  5. Add the cream, if you are using it. Bring to just a boil, then turn off the heat and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  6. Arrange mussels in soup bowls and pour the hot broth over them.
  7. Garnish with basil and chervil if desired.

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