Mussels with Saffron Tomato Sauce
- 1 large (28 oz) can Whole, Peeled Tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
- 1/2 bulb Fennel, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 small Onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
- 1 clove Garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp Saffron, lightly crushed
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Water, reserved from cooking pasta
- 1 tsp Butter
- 2 pounds Mussels scrubbed
- 8 ounces dry Pasta
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil.
While waiting for the water to boil: Add the tomatoes, along with the puree or juice they’re packaged with, into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process several seconds, until smooth.
Heat the oil in a medium (3 Quart) saucepan. Add the garlic, fennel, and onions and cook 5 minutes or until softened. Add the pureed tomatoes, saffron, and vanilla. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer at least 15 minutes.
Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package. Steam the mussels in a separate pot. When the pasta has finished, stir 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and 1/4 cup of milk into your sauce. Drain the pasta.
Add the butter and stir until it melts into the sauce. Serve sauce over pasta and mussels.
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