Mussels with Andouille, Freekeh & Pistou


This gorgeous plate features nutty freekeh, a vibrant green sauce and steamed mussels dotted with andouille sausage. The components come together quickly, making it a great candidate for weeknight company. Mussels offer some of the highest omega-3s per serving of any seafood. They come to us mostly in farmed form—cultivated primarily in Canada, Chile and New Zealand—and they are an affordable and easy way to infuse your cooking with a burst of briny sea flavor.

Mussels with Andouille, Freekeh & Pistou
Photo: Photography / Nico Schinco, Food Styling / Frances Boswell, Prop Stylist / Paige Hicks
Active Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 cup cracked freekeh

  • 3 ½ cups water, divided

  • Pinch of kosher salt plus 1/4 teaspoon, divided

  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 cups packed stemmed spinach, kale or chard, chopped

  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 ounces andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick

  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • ¼ cup diced tomato

  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil or flat-leaf parsley (optional)


  1. Toast freekeh in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add 3 cups water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Adjust heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and return the freekeh to the pan. Cover to keep warm and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add greens, garlic and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the remaining 1/2 cup water, cover and reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until the greens are very soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer the greens and any liquid to a food processor or blender. Add Parmesan. Pulse until smooth. With the motor running, drizzle in 3 tablespoons oil.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large deep skillet or large pot over medium-high heat. Add andouille and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and shallot and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato and cook for 2 minutes more. Increase heat to high, add mussels and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine, cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open.

  4. Serve the mussels with the freekeh and the pistou. Garnish with chervil (or parsley), if desired.

To make ahead

Refrigerate cooked freekeh (Step 1) and pistou (Step 2) for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

410 Calories
18g Fat
30g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2 cups mussels, 1/2 cup freekeh & 2 Tbsp. pistou
Calories 410
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Vitamin A 3482IU 70%
Vitamin C 50mg 56%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 175mcg 44%
Vitamin K 183mcg 153%
Sodium 715mg 31%
Iron 10mg 56%
Magnesium 116mg 28%
Potassium 743mg 16%
Zinc 3mg 27%
Vitamin B12 18mcg 750%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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