Monday, January 18, 2010

Quick and Delicious Italian Mussel Soup

The word "mussel" is most frequently used to mean the edible bivalves of the marine family "Mytilidae". In short, we can say that mussels are the bivalved eatable shells mostly from the freshwater areas.Other dialect names for mussels include cozzi, cozzi niura, arcella, catacozzula, anapinnula etc. The mussels that have been grown for centuries at Ganzirri, an inlet just outside Messina are much renowned.

Italian Mussel Soup

Ingredients to be used:

* Four pounds of fresh mussels in their shells
* A medium size chopped onion
* A chopped clove of garlic
* Extra-virgin olive oil
* One pound fresh tomatoes already peeled, seeded and chopped
* Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
* 1/2 peperoncino, hot red chilli pepper
* Sea salt
* Some fresh basil leaves

How to make Mussel Soup?
* First of all you need to prepare the tomato sauce.Take a big pan.Put a little olive oil in it and heat on medium flame.
* Put the chopped onion and garlic in the oil and fry them till they mturn golden brown.
* Put the chopped tomatoes with the onion-garlic paste and steam-cook it.
* Now remove the mussels and toss them in a covered ,hot pan.Wait till they are open.
* Remove the mussels from their shells.
* Add the mussels and their cooking liquid to the tomato sauce along with the parsley
* Add chilli as per your requirement.
* You can put some water as well ,if necessary.
* Add a little salt according to your taste.
* Garnish with basil leaves and serve hot.

Enjoy this quick and easy Mussel Soup but always remember that every recipe is incomplete without adding a little love in it

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