Eat your Mussels & Help Needed!

Marinière of Mussels

Please excuse me for not updating this blog as regularly as before. I can feel summer has arrived with her glorious beauty. After a long week either working in the office or spending at the gym, I just want to slow down and enjoy the sun. I still cook, but just want to reduce the amount of time in front of the PC…

I prepared this lovely Marinière of Mussels a few weeks back and totally love it. The recipe comes from Shannon Bennett, chef owner of Vue de Monde, a famous restaurant here in Australia. The method of cooking was adapted to home cook based on a dish by the legendary British chef Marco Pierre White (anyone watching British Hell Kitchen?)

Marinière of Mussels

Regardless of where it comes from, this is a very fine dish. Marinière refers to the method of preparing shellfish in white wine. There are not a lot of ingredients involved and the technique is utterly simple. The result, however, is superb. Despite the amount of butter and oil involved, the dish itself is quite light on the palate. This is a sort of dish you want to prepare in spring time, where the weather is mild. I have included linguine as directed by the recipe to make it a perfect light main course.

Here is the recipe for those interested. And please note that I need some help from you (please read the info at the bottom of the post! Thanks guys!).

Marinière of Mussels

Marinière of Mussels

Recipe from here

Ingredients (serve 2-3 as main course)

200ml olive oil

5 shallots, finely chopped

3 sprigs of thyme

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

2 kg large mussels, cleaned and debearded

2 cups dry white wine

200g linguine

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed (extra)

100g good quality butter

1 cup basil leaves, shredded

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Heat 100ml olive oil in a heavy saucepan. Add shallots, thyme, garlic and cook over high heat until shallots are transparent and soft. Add mussels and white wine. Cover and cook for 5 mins or until the shells have opened.

Strain over a colander, reserving the juice of the mussels.

Loosen the mussels in their shells.

Cook the pasta until al dente, drain.

Heat the remaining olive oil n a pan, add onion and crushed garlic and cook until transparent and tender but not brown. Pour in the strained mussel juice and reduce by 1/3. Whisk in the butter, bring to the boil and cook for 3 mins. Stir in basil and mussels. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the linguine in the centre of each serving plate/bowl. Spoon over the sauce and serve.


This dish will be sent to Ruth’s Presto Pasta Night. Please check out the roundup tomorrow for more delicious pasta dishes.

In other news, I have been thinking to join CLICK event with the theme of noodles (please check out the link for more info). Basically, I can send in one of my noodle/pasta photo. The problem is I don´t know which one to choose! Sorry Bee and Jai for the delay! I am thinking between the above set and this photo of my fav vegetarian pasta dish.

Which one do you think I should choose? Comments will be appreciated (just say #1, #2, #3 or #4). Thanks guys!

41 Responses to Eat your Mussels & Help Needed!

  1. Asha says:

    I like the first photo Anh. It doesn’t have to be vegetarian, just any beautiful photo of Noodles.Looks delicious btw!:))

  2. Andaliman says:

    to be honest I have a hard time to choose my pics for Click event. Until now I haven’t decided yet. Anyway, I like #1 and #2 Ann

  3. Lucy says:

    Mussels AND noodles – Anh, you do spoil us. How gorgeous for these sunshine-filled days. Less time typing and more time sunning yourself I say!

  4. Nora B. says:

    wow, where did you get those big mussels! I LOVE mussels, so I want some of that now (even though it’s only 10.45am now).

  5. Ruth Daniels says:

    Each photo is gorgeous, but my prefence is #2 It’s the one I’ll be using for Presto Pasta Night. What a fantastic dish. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nabeela says:

    I like the third picture best.

  7. christina D says:

    #4 does it for me! yummo :)

  8. Sylvia says:

    Wonderful and savory recipe ,Anh

  9. Rasa Malaysia says:

    How delicious…I love that you unshell the mussels and reveal and big fat succulent selves…I love them!

  10. Lydia says:

    #1 would be my choice, but they are all beautiful.

  11. Eva says:

    Well, it won’t help if I say they’re all beautiful..;-) However, my favourites are #2 and #4 – can’t narrow it down any further!

  12. Manggy says:

    They all look good, but I love the second photo the best! :)

  13. Anh says:

    Asha, thanks buddie.

  14. Graeme says:

    It’s 2AM, and I’m giving serious thought to pictures of pasta, that’s how much I love your photos, Anh!

  15. Kalyn says:

    Very interesting that everyone picks a different photo! Anyway, vote for #2.

  16. Sandeepa says:

    I love #1 and #3 and even #4, you are great with your pics anyway

  17. Lucy says:

    By the way, love, I’ve tagged you for a meme (should you be interested!).

  18. Mandy says:

    my mouth is watering already. I need to fix myself some soon. Although all the pictures are beautiful, my vote goes to #2

  19. Susan says:

    You may already have submitted your photo, but I go with #4, a particular knock-out among your usual bevy of fine photos.

  20. Kate / Kajal says:

    i like # 2 … yumm.

  21. Gloria says:

    This mussels lokks amazin Anh!!! Lovely recipe, I love them. Gloria

  22. Retno Prihadana says:

    Anh, all photos are great!. I like #2 and #4

  23. Homesick Texan says:

    My vote is for No. 2. Though I love No. 4 as well. Good luck!

  24. *viv* says:

    I have to say #2! i just ate breakfast and now you got me wanting that for lunch! beautiful pictures/presentation. I will have to try this recipe *wipes chin*

  25. Mishmash ! says:

    #2 is my choice :)

  26. winedeb says:

    Well Anh, all are just lovely, but #4 looks so comfortable to me. The colors are so full of flavor!

  27. katiez says:

    Your moules and pasta look gorgeous! They are so much larger than the ones we get here – less work to eat 😉

  28. Cynthia says:

    I’m a judge this month so I can’t say :) but…

  29. Hillary says:

    Gorgeous photos!! I was going to say submit them to Presto Pasta Nights but you beat me to it :)

  30. Peabody says:

    All look good, but I am loving #4.

  31. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita says:

    I don’t blame you for getting away from the PC :)

  32. sher says:

    I’m torn between 1 and 2. I think I prefer number 2 just a bit. They are all exquisite, but that one “talks” to me the most for some reason! :):)

  33. tigerfish says:

    I’ll eat your mussels instead of my own…hahahah! Spare me some, will ya?

  34. Gattina says:

    am I too late :P
    :)… just one teeny-weeny thing, I’d have liked it look a bit more bright though :) :)

  35. Y says:

    I love the vegetarian pasta dish, which is.. #4? There’s a really earthy and warm quality about it.

  36. Coffee & Vanilla says:


  37. Callipygia says:

    For me #2 and #4, I’d say that there will be no concensus bec they are all good. Plump little mussels, that’s the good life!

  38. toni says:

    I’ve made pasta with seafood before, but never with mussels marniere. Wow! I’d have to say that the first photo jump-started my salivary glands instantly!

  39. veron says:

    this is such a lovely dish. I love how succulent the mussels look…very appetizing!

  40. Katie says:

    I LOVE mussels. These pics literally made my mouth water. YuM!

Leave a Reply to angie Cancel reply