Spicy Mussels With Tomato & Basil

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"Mussels are low in fat and high in protein, there rich in vitamin B 12 and omega-3 fatty acids, there also cheap eats! There also quick to make, they pop open within minutes and pair well with all kinds of flavors. ** To clean mussels, simply run them under cold water, scrubbing gently with a vegetable brush. Discard any with broken shells and any with shells that remain open after being lightly tapped. As you go, pull off and discard the "heard" (the weedy piece that sometimes remains attached to the shell). From The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (577.4 g)
  • Calories 476.5
  • Total Fat - 17.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 127 mg
  • Sodium - 1304.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 20.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.9 g
  • Sugars - 1.8 g
  • Protein - 54.7 g
  • Calcium - 137.2 mg
  • Iron - 18.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 43.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.8 mg

Step 1

Heat oil in a 6- to 8-quart heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, basil, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes, reducing heat if onions begin to brown.

Step 2

Add wine and water, increase heat to high, bring to a boil, and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and mussels; cover and cook until mussels open, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve hot.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Bergy (RIP" Forever in our Kitchen)

I do a lot of mussels for our Sunday appetizer and this recipe will be going into my favourites. I cut the recipe back to 1 lb mussels (2 servings), used Marsala wine, kept the garlic at 3 cloves & used a dozen frozen grape tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes. Recipe served with sliced Baguette bread.

(23 Apr 2018)


I scaled this back for 1 serve and used a eschallot for the onion and 1/2 a large tomato (chopped) for the canned tomato and made as per recipe and my mussels only took about 3 to 4 minutes to open. Once I had eaten my mussels I enjoyed the soupy both and was wishing I had some crusty bread to dip in the soup, thank you Sknymini, made for Alphabet Soup tag game.

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(14 Dec 2015)