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Cooking Time
Cooking Time:
10-15 min
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Healthy
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Mussels with Garlicky Tomato Sauce


4 lbs (1.8 kg) fresh PEI Mussels
1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup (60 mL) white wine
2 Tbsp (30 mL) fresh basil, finely chopped, divided
1 cup (250 mL) passata*
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh thyme leaves
pinch red pepper flakes
sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Rinse fresh PEI Mussels under tap water. Tap any mussels that are still open and discard any that do not close after being tapped and rinsed. Set aside
  2. Heat oil over low heat in a large pot that has a fitted lid. Add the shallots and garlic and cook slowly until shallots are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Turn up the heat to medium high and add the white wine. Bring mixture to a boil, then add 1 tbsp of the basil, the passata, thyme and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the mussels to the pot and cover. Cook mussels in simmering sauce for 5-7 minutes until steam pours out from under the lid. Discard any that do not open.
  5. Stir well then using a slotted spoon, scoop mussels into a serving dish. Season sauce with sea salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over mussels and serve with remaining fresh basil.

*Passata is an unseasoned puréed tomato sauce. Make your own by blending a can of plum tomatoes.