Mussels in tomato sauce
Made with Whole peeled tomatoes
The Mutti Peeled Tomatoes are harvested at the height of the summer and are delicately peeled with steam, to capture all the flavour and scents of fresh tomatoes. Firm and fleshy, they are immersed in a creamy sauce. Peeled tomatoes are particularly versatile in the kitchen as you can use them in their sauce, whole or cut into pieces or slices, and are suitable for recipes requiring long and short cooking times. They are ideal for bringing out the best in traditional Mediterranean dishes and will become the main attraction in your Sunday meals.
40 min (COOK TIME: 40 min)
small blue mussels
extra virgin olive oil
large brown onion, halved and sliced
Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
dry white wine
Mutti Peeled Tomatoes, chopped
torn basil leaves
Crusty bread, to serve
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Mussels in tomato sauce: Method
- Scrub mussel shells together under cold running water to remove any barnacles.
- Discard any shells that are open and don’t close when tapped or gently squeezed (you may need to give them 10-20 minutes out of the fridge to warm up first).
- Heat the oil in a large deep frying pan, or wok, over a medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, pepper and a little salt (remembering that the mussels are salty), cover and cook over a low heat for about 10 minutes, until onion is soft.
- Add the wine, stir well, increase heat and bring to the boil.
- Stir in the tomatoes, return to the boil, add mussels, cover and cook for a couple of minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, until shells start to open.
- Using tongs, as each shell opens, remove it to a large bowl.
- There are often a few stubborn shells that don’t open when they’re cooked, use a blunt knife (such as a butterknife) to pry these open over the sink and if they look and smell good, they are fine to eat.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook sauce for a few minutes until it reduces and thickens slightly.
- Meanwhile, remove the ‘beard’ from each shell; even vac-packed mussles that have already been debearded often have a little bit of beard remaining.
- Stir basil through sauce. Spoon over the mussels, and serve with plenty of crusty bread to soak up the sauce.