Mussel Soup with Avocado, Tomato, and Dill

45 mins (prep 45)
14 ingredients
makes 6 servings
This soup was inspired by a meal at the Copenhagen microbrewery Nørrebro Bryghus. (Who knew breweries could be fine-dining destinations?) Lager lends a malty richness to the velvety broth, thick with mussels; cold chopped avocado and tomato mingle with the heat, bringing the whole spectrum of flavors into sharper focus.

Categories:  soup~stew , scandinavian ,
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  • 1 1/2 pounds leeks (3 medium; white and pale green parts only), quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 (3-inch) sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle lager
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 pounds mussels (preferably cultivated), scrubbed well and beards removed if attached
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground white pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) firm-ripe avocado
  • 18 very small grape or pear tomatoes (1/4 pound), halved
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh dill


Serving Size (450.51 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 350.83 Calories from Fat 125.55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13.95g 128.81%
Saturated Fat 6.36g 190.93%
Trans Fat 0.16g %
Cholesterol 88.69mg 177.39%
Sodium 787.3mg 196.82%
Total Carbohydrate 26.11g 52.23%
Dietary Fiber 2.04 g 48.99%
Sugars 6.12 g %
Protein 29.9g 358.79%
Vitamin A 2516.05IU% Vitamin C 32.11mg%
Calcium 170.3mg% Iron 11.37mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
ground white pepper, or, small, chopped fresh dill