Sarasota's Creamy Mussels over Pasta With Herb Bread
50 mins (prep 20, cooking 30)
21 ingredients
8 servings
Easy and flavorful. A rich creamy broth which can be served over angel hair pasta and crusty bread slathered with a herb butter. Now you can make your own butter, however, you can also buy a stick of herb butter right from any major grocery store which is great to keep on hand. The mussels open in a light creamy broth with tons of flavor, served in a large bowl so the bread and pasta can soak up all the good sauce. A fair amount of ingredients, but nothing hard. This recipe is for 8, but you can easily cut it in half.

Categories:  <-60-mins , pasta,-rice-and-grains , beginner-cook , weeknight , easy , spaghetti , main-dish , shellfish , mussels , pasta , time-to-make ,
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  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • 4 lbs mussels (i use anywhere between 3-4 lbs, about 1/3-1/2 lb per person)
  • 1 large fennel bulb, core removed and thin sliced
  • 1 large onion, cut in quarters and thin sliced
  • 1 large leek, thin sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1/2 cup brandy (i just get one of those little "airline" bottles if you don't keep any on hand, works great)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, fine chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives
  • 1 lemon (1/2 squeezed, 1/2 cut in slices)
  • 1/8 cup butter
  • 8 teaspoons herb butter (as i mentioned, i buy mine right at the grocery store, or you can make your own favorite)
  • 8 slices italian bread (toasted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika


Serving Size (389.44 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 431.72 Calories from Fat 212.04
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23.56g 290.02%
Saturated Fat 12.29g 491.63%
Trans Fat 0.28g %
Cholesterol 122.57mg 326.85%
Sodium 741.63mg 247.21%
Total Carbohydrate 16.78g 44.75%
Dietary Fiber 2.07 g 66.15%
Sugars 2.67 g %
Protein 28.9g 462.39%
Vitamin A 3803.73IU% Vitamin C 25.67mg%
Calcium 103.33mg% Iron 9.84mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
angel hair pasta, large fennel bulb, large, large, minced garlic, diced tomatoes, fresh parsley, fresh chives, slices italian bread