Mussels in red pesto

Mussels in red pesto

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Prep: 2 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 1
Mussels are full of omega-3, iron and protein - try yours cooked in red pesto and wine

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal311
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein25g
  • salt1.49g
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  • 1 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 small glass white wine
  • pinch crushed chilli flakes
  • 500g clean live mussels



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • 2 tbsp red pesto
  • crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the shallot for 4-5 mins until softened. Pour in the wine, add the chilli flakes and bubble for 2 mins.

  2. Add the mussels. Cover and cook for 5 mins until all the shells have opened. Discard any that remain closed. Stir in the red pesto and toss well. Tip into a large bowl and serve with crusty bread.

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jfowler12's picture
24th Jan, 2016
This is a nice way to have mussels, particularly if you like a bit of spice! When I make these next time, I will fry some celery, carrot and garlic along with the shallots, for some added vegetable presence.
24th Mar, 2013
Made this without the red pesto so that it was dairy free and they were still delicious.
24th Mar, 2013
Made this without the red pesto so that it was dairy free and they were still delicious.
17th Jan, 2013
I made this last night for dinner, it was bloomin lovely and totally satisfying with a garlic and parsley ciabatta. yum yum!
21st Jul, 2012
absolutely gorgeous and very easy! have cooked on many occasions as a hearty starter beaut!!!
23rd Dec, 2011
Did this ... not with live mussels but with shelled mussels already prepared, we found it absolutely delicious ... I did add a few prawns and flash fried them with the mussel meat, then put them in the Red Pesto sauce ... crusty bread and butter ... lovely
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