Mussels in Chorizo and Tomato Broth

Mussels in Chorizo and Tomato Broth
  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time:25 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes
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Skillet Suppers: Mussels in Chorizo and Tomato Broth

[Photographs: Ashley Fahr]

Serve with toasted garlicky bread and feel free to add cayenne or red chile flakes to the dish for extra heat.

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ pound Spanish chorizo, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4 to 1/2-inch lengths
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • Crusty Italian bread, for serving


  1. 1.

    Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring, until most of the fat is rendered and it begins to crisp on the edges, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chorizo to a bowl and set aside.

  2. 2.

    Add the onions the skillet, stirring until they begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer, then add the tomatoes with juices. Gently break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon or potato masher and bring to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  3. 3.

    Allow the tomatoes to cook until mostly broken down but before it thickens too much, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and stir to combine, then add the mussels. Cover and cook, occasionally shaking pan gently, until most of the mussels have opened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the chorizo back in and discard any mussels that have not opened. Serve with crusty Italian bread.

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