Mussel and sweetcorn soup with foccacia, tomatoes and dill

This delicious blend of mussels, sweetcorn and cream creates a wonderfully warming soup. Perfect topped with a focaccia and tomato garnish.


For the soup
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 200ml/7fl oz dry white wine
  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, roughly chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, roughly chopped keep the fronds from the top
  • 200g/7oz sweetcorn kernals
  • 250ml/9fl oz chicken or fish stock
  • 100ml/3½fl oz double cream
For the garnish
  • 4 long slices foccocia bread, left to go stale
  • 2 tomatoes, small cross made on the bottom
  • iced water, for refreshing
  • 4 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Preparation method

  1. Discard any broken mussels, and any that don’t close tightly when you tap them.

  2. Heat a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the mussels, thyme and wine and place a lid on. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the mussels have opened. Drain, reserving the cooking liquor, and discard any mussels that remain closed. Pick the mussels from their shells. Set aside the liquor and the mussels.

  3. Heat a large frying pan and add the butter and oil. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for two minutes. Add the leeks and fennel and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Stir in the sweetcorn, then add the stock, retained liquor and three-quarters of the mussel meat. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

  4. Place the soup in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour back into the pan and stir in the cream. Toast the bread.

  5. Drop the tomatoes into a bowl of boiling water for two minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and refresh in iced water. Peel and de-seed the tomatoes, then dice the flesh. Transfer it to a small bowl and mix in the dill, olive oil and remaining mussels.

  6. Serve the soup with the toast and tomato mixture.

Required techniques

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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