Zuppa e Councesze: Soup with Mussels

TOTAL TIME: 45 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 25 min
 
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup/125 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 fresh chile pepper, chopped
  • 2 pounds/1 kg fresh mussels, cleaned and debearded*
  • 1 cup/250 ml white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10 ounces/300 g butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
  • 7 ounces/200 g ditalini pasta
  • 2 cups/500 ml water
  • 1/2 cup/125 ml Parmigiano cheese
  • Cook's Note: To clean fresh mussels, rinse under cold running water and rip off any beards. Discard any that do not close when tapped.
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Directions

Heat up 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a deep saucepan. Add the garlic and chopped chile pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the mussels, wine, salt, pepper, and stir together. Cover with a lid, allowing the mussels to steam open. Cook until all the mussels are fully opened. Discard any unopened mussels.

In another saucepan, heat up 1/4 cup olive oil. Add the onion, butternut squash, salt, and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes. Then add the pasta and mix together. Add the water and allow the mixture to cook for 15 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Cook's Note: To give the soup a creamier consistency, mash 1/2 the squash with the back of a fork.

While the butternut squash and pasta are cooking, shell the mussels and place them back into the saucepan. Transfer the mussel soup to the butternut squash soup. Mix together and add the Parmigiano cheese.

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  • on January 27, 2012

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    I prepared only the portion of the soup with the butternut squash and the pasta. I used a whole red onion and half of a vidalia onion and whole wheat oricchette because I did not have ditalini. I was tempted to add garlic or white wine and I am glad I did not. The flavor of this soup is amazing! At some point, I will make the half of the soup with the mussels and white wine but this is an amazing way to use a butternut squash.

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  • on January 27, 2012

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    This recipe is easy, fun and so delicious! (good for weekday dinner. I love to prepare David's recipe's because they remind me of my grandmother's meals (she is from Sicily. I also love the ambiance of the shows, scenery is beautiful...just makes me want to cook and visit these regions of Italy (on my bucket list!!!. Thank you David....I enjoy all of your recipes! Felice Cucina!

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