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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large tomato, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup white wine or dry vermouth
  • 2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded


  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; saute 3 minutes. Add fennel and garlic; saute 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper and wine. Bring to a boil. Add mussels and toss.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until shells open, about 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open. Serve with French bread to soak up the juices.
Recipe by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough.

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