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Northwest Seafood Soup with Winter Greens and Sausage

Yield: 4 to 6

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Redolent with wine and garlic, this soup uses local leeks, delicious mussels and clams, leafy greens and a somewhat unexpected but important addition: Chicken Italian sausage. PCC sausages are made exclusively for us by Mondo's Meats, in Seattle's Rainier Valley. This beautiful soup has vibrant color and can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.


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Remove casings from the sausage. In a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat, cook sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, until it is lightly browned (about 4 to 5 minutes). Remove sausage and its cooking juices from the pan.

Place the pot back on the stove and heat olive oil over medium heat until the surface begins to move. Add leeks, garlic, fennel seed and thyme to the pan and cook for 5 to 6 minutes or until leeks are tender. Add white wine and simmer for 1 minute. Stir in clam juice, chicken or vegetable broth, tomatoes and the sausage with their juice. Bring mixture to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and then taste for seasoning. Adjust with salt and pepper.

Add mussels, clams and fish. Toss in greens and basil. Bring mixture back to a simmer over medium heat, cover the pot and let it cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, until clams and mussels pop open. (Discard any that do not open.)

To serve

Spoon soup into heated bowls, top with a splash of your favorite vinegar. Scatter with chopped parsley.


Most mussels have what is commonly called "the beard," also known as byssal threads. The "beard" on a mussel is comprised of many fibers used to attach the mussel to rocks, pilings, so on. To remove the beard, using a dry towel, grasp the beard and give a sharp yank out and toward the hinge end of the mussel.

Recipe by Lynne Vea, PCC Chef

Source: Demonstrated on KING 5's "Gardening with Ciscoe" show, which aired on January 21, 2012.

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