Steamed Mussels in Basil Pesto and Red Wine Broth

Steamed Mussels in Basil Pesto and Red Wine Broth

Getting Started

To Start

  • Pre-heat oven to 375

What You'll Need

  • 6-7 roasted garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil or
  • (The Gourmet Farm Girl Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 2 14.5 oz cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 14.5 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil Pesto
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds mussels
  • 1/2 cup red wine (use a good one)
  • 5-6 stems of Flat Leaf Parsley (chopped)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (use a good one)

Method

1

Cut one head of garlic in half; drizzle one half with olive oil and lightly salt; wrap in foil and bake for 20-30 minutes till soft and fragrant.  Reserve the other half for another recipe

2

While the garlic roasts, heat the butter and olive oil in a large deep skillet that has a lid. Saute the onions for 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add the broth, tomatoes, basil pesto, oregano sprigs and pepper, reduce heat to simmer.

3

Remove the garlic from the foil and allow to cool, when cool enough to handle squeeze the garlic into a small bowl and smash with a spoon. Stir the garlic into the broth.

4

Turn the heat back up and bring the broth to a boil; pour the mussels into the hot broth and add the wine. Cover the pan with the lid and cook for 3-4 minutes or until all the mussels open.

(Discard any that do not open)

5

Garnish with the chopped parsley and grated cheese; serve immediately with some crisp bread for dipping.