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Mussels in Saffron Tomato Broth

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  • Author: Sabrina Russo
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


Mussels in saffron tomato broth has to be one of my favorite mussel recipes. It’s simple but includes all the right flavors to enhance the sweet, briny mussels.


  • ¾ cup dry white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 large pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 whole canned tomatoes, removed from juices
  • 2 lbs mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup loosely packed parsley, chopped
  • Grilled crusty Italian or French bread (gluten free, if desired), for serving*


  1. Steep saffron: Warm wine, add saffron and allow it to steep while preparing the other ingredients.
  2. Make base: Heat a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Melt butter in the pan. Add in shallots, season with salt and pepper, and sauté 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for 15-30 seconds. Add wine, bring to a boil over high heat for about a minute or until slightly reduced. Add tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, reduce heat and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3.  Grill bread: While sauce cooks, heat a grill pan or outdoor grill over medium-high heat. Cut bread into ½ inch-thick slices. Drizzle bread with extra virgin olive oil and season lightly with chunky sea salt. Grill for about 1 minute per side or until charred. If using a grill pan, place a pan over the bread to weigh down the bread slightly and encourage grill marks.
  4. Steam mussels & serve: Add mussels to tomatoes, cover and allow to steam over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes or until mussels have just opened (discard any that don’t). Taste broth for seasoning and adjust, if needed. Stir in parsley and serve with grilled bread. Enjoy.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Steam, Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 of mussels
  • Calories: 639
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 1315mg
  • Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 57g