Add the oil and garlic to a nonstick pot and stir while cooking over medium-high heat for 1 minute.
Add the red pepper flakes, stir, and cook for about 1 minute until the garlic starts to brown.
Reduce heat to medium. Add the celery, carrots, onion, and bacon Stir well and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the mussels, stir well, and cook for 2 minutes.
Stir in the brandy and cook 2 minutes.
Continue cooking while stirring for approximately 3 minutes.
As the mussels start to open, remove and place them in a bowl. Discard mussels that are still closed.
Add the potatoes to the pan and stir. Cook for 2 minutes
Stir in the saffron and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and cream. Stir and continue cooking until the soup reaches a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and add the open mussels. Simmer for 2-5 minutes.
To serve, spoon cooked mussels in their shell into a soup bowl and top with the soup.
3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
5 cloves garlic, cut thickly
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped bacon
2 pounds fresh mussels
1/4 cup brandy.
1 cup potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/4” dice
1 pinch saffron threads
2-1/2 cups chicken stock or fish stock
1 cup cream