Mussels in red pesto

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

  • Prep:2 mins
    Cook:10 mins
  • Serves 1
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 311
  • fat 15g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 11g
  • sugars 6g
  • fibre 0g
  • protein 25g
  • salt 1.49g


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 small glass white wine
  • pinch crushed chilli flakes
  • 500g clean live mussels
  • 2 tbsp red pesto
  • crusty bread, to serve


Mussels in beer
Instead of wine, cook mussels in a glass of white Belgian beer, such as Hoegaarden, and swap the pesto for grainy mustard. Serve with chips.


  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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