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Eric: My aunt Monique in Nimes makes the best pistou. I think her secret is grinding the pesto by hand, using a mortar and pestle. All I did was add the mussels.

Maguy: I like this soup when the beans are overcooked, which Eric doesn't like. Since I'm not the chef, I don't always win.

Yield : Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

The pesto:

  • 3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 large cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

The beans:

  • 1/3 cup dried navy beans, soaked in cold water overnight, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and split in half
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of peeled carrot
  • ½ small onion, peeled and split in half
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of ham rind (optional)
  • 1 branch fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground white pepper, to taste
  • 3½ cups cold water

The mussels:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Small handful fresh Italian parsley leaves and stems
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed

The vegetables and broth:

  • 2½ to 3 cups Fish Fumet
  • ½ cup carrots in ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup fennel in ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup seeded zucchini in ¼-inch dice
  • 1 medium-size ripe tomato, peeled, seeded, and cut into ΒΌ-inch dice

Directions

1. For the pesto, make a paste with the basil, garlic, and olive oil by pounding with a mortar and pestle or pureeing in a blender. Press plastic wrap directly onto the pesto and refrigerate, (The pesto can be made 1 day before serving.)

2. For the beans, place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat slightly, and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and discard the aromatics. Refrigerate the beans.

3. For the mussels, place the olive oil, garlic, shallot, and parsley in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook until the garlic and shallot are softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and mussels, cover the pot, and raise the heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mussels are opened, about 5 minutes. Strain and reserve the mussel broth. Shell the mussels, discarding any that did not open. Refrigerate.

4. For the vegetables, measure the mussel broth and add fish fumet, if necessary, to make 2 cups. Place in a medium saucepan with 2½ cups additional fish fumet. Add the carrots, fennel, and zucchini and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, skimming off the foam as it rises, until the vegetables are tender, about 12 minutes. (The recipe can be made to this point several hours ahead; refrigerate vegetables and broth.)

5. To serve, stir the tomato and the beans into the vegetables and broth. Bring to a boil. Stir in the pesto and remove from the heat. Divide the mussels among 4 soup bowls. Ladle the soup over the mussels, making sure the beans and vegetables are evenly distributed. Squeeze lemon juice over the top and serve immediately.


© 1998 Eric Ripert and Maguy Le Coze
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information does not include the Fish Fumet. For nutritional information on Fish Fumet, please follow the link above.

635kcal (32%)
160mg (16%)
37mg (62%)
331mcg RAE (11%)
1300mg
141mg
32g
4g
6g
28g
63mg (21%)
675mg (28%)
6g (28%)
39g (61%)
11mg (63%)
 

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