Mussels and saffron star in this creamy risotto. Make it a meal: Serve with Sliced Tomato Salad and whole-grain baguette.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1991


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water and wine to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add mussels and steam until the shells open, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain in a colander and reserve the broth. (Discard any mussels that have not opened.) Shell the mussels, set aside and keep warm. Strain the broth through a cheesecloth or filter-lined sieve into a small saucepan. Add 1 cup water, salt, saffron and keep at a simmer.

  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add rice and stir well to coat with oil. Add the hot cooking liquid to the rice, 1/2 cup at a time, allowing the liquid to be absorbed between each addition, stirring constantly to prevent sticking. After about 20 minutes, the rice should be tender but still creamy. Carefully stir in the shelled mussels and parsley and season with pepper.


To clean & debeard mussels, use a stiff brush to scrub mussels under running water. Discard any with broken shells or any whose shells remain open after you tap them lightly. Scrape off any barnacles; pull off the black fibrous “beard”.

Nutrition Facts

363.2 calories; protein 17.9g 36% DV; carbohydrates 55.8g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 1.5g; fat 4.3g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.7g 4% DV; cholesterol 31.8mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 331.4IU 7% DV; vitamin c 12.5mg 21% DV; folate 51.5mcg 13% DV; calcium 32.2mg 3% DV; iron 4.6mg 25% DV; magnesium 28mg 10% DV; potassium 227.8mg 6% DV; sodium 503.7mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.