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Appears in
Soup: A Way of Life

By Barbara Kafka

Published 1998

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This soup can be made ahead until the mussels are added back; however, the flavor gets stronger and may need some milk. Hot or cold, with tarragon or curry, it is a scrumptious, old-fashioned treat.


  • 1 medium bunch tarragon; or 1 tablespoon (15 g) unsalted butter and


If using the tarragon, strip the leaves from half the sprigs. Reserve the leaves to top the soup. Discard the stems. In a large wide pot, bring the wine, shallots and the remaining whole sprigs of tarragon to a boil.

If using the curry, in a large wide pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, until aromatic. Stir in the wine