Mussel Saffron Soup with Caramelized Onions and Garlic Croutons Recipe


Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time45 Min
Ready In1 Hr 5 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings6
Main IngredientInterest Group


For caramelized onions
 Onions2 Large
 Butter1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
For garlic croutons
 Garlic4 Clove (20 gm) (A Few)
 Baguette slices12 (Thinly Sliced, Cut On The Diagonal)
 Olive oil3 Tablespoon (Or As Required)
 Herbes de provence2 Tablespoon (Or As Required)
For soup
 Dry white wine1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Mussels36 , scrubbed clean, beards removed
 Olive oil1 Tablespoon
 Garlic1 1⁄2 Teaspoon, minced
 Onion1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs), finely chopped
 Chicken stock2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Heavy cream2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Tomato puree1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Saffron threads1 Pinch
 Salt To Taste
 Pepper To Taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 792 Calories from Fat 454

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 51 g79.1%

Saturated Fat 25.6 g128.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 165.8 mg

Sodium 1119.8 mg46.7%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.4%

Dietary Fiber 2.4 g9.5%

Sugars 7.3 g

Protein 24 g47.7%

Vitamin A 34.1% Vitamin C 36.8%

Calcium 12.8% Iron 31.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1) Caramelized onions: Slice 2 large onions crosswise into thin rings.
2) In a heavy skillet, saute the onions in 4 tablespoons butter over a medium-low heat until the soft and lightly browned.
3) Preheat the oven to 350°F.

4) Garlic croutons: Rub cut garlic cloves on both sides of 12 pieces of thinly sliced baguette.
5) Brush the slices with oil and sprinkle with herbes de Provence.
6) Toast in the preheated oven until crisp.
7) Soup : In a wide shallow pot, bring the wine to a simmer
8) Add the mussels, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the mussels open; then remove from heat.
9) Keep the mussels aside, strain and reserve the cooking liquid.
10) In the same pan, saute the garlic in oil until the mixture just begins to brown.
11) Stir in the onion and saute until tender.
12) Pour in the reserved mussel cooking liquid, chicken stock, cream and tomato puree; bring the mixture to a boil.
13) Stir in saffron and season with salt and pepper.
14) When ready to serve, add the mussels and 1/2 cup caramelized onions into the broth and bring to a boil.

15) Ladle the Mussel Saffron Soup with Caramelized Onions into wide shallow bowls and serve with Garlic Croutons .