Mussels and squid in fresh-basil pesto with burst vine tomatoes

Mussels and squid in fresh-basil pesto with burst vine tomatoes

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • Health conscious Pescatarian
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • Woolworths Frascati 2007


  • 3 T olive oil
  • 500 g ripe Mediterranean vine cherry tomatoes
  • 1 kg fresh mussels, cleaned
  • 800 g baby-squid tentacles, rinsed
  • 2 x 125 g tubs fresh-basil pesto
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 loaf ciabatta, torn into chunks and pan-fried, for serving
  • 30 g basil leaves, refreshed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Place 30ml (2T) olive oil and the vine tomatoes in a saucepan over a medium heat then cook the tomatoes on all sides, until the skins burst and the pulp softens.

Place a large saucepan of water over a high heat then bring to a boil.

Add the mussels, cook until the shells open, then drain, discarding those mussels whose shells remain closed.

To a pan over a medium-to-high heat, add the remaining olive oil and the squid tentacles.

Evenly cook for a few minutes, until the tentacles curl and the flesh becomes firm.

Transfer the warm seafood to a mixing bowl then toss with the basil pesto and cream.

Serve on a large platter with the burst vine tomatoes and chunks of pan-fried ciabatta. Scatter over fresh basil leaves then season to taste.

Cook’s tip: If time allows, try roasting the tomatoes in a preheated oven instead of frying them. Place the tomatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and season with salt before roasting until soft.

Per serving: 3015.3kJ, 38.4g protein, 46.3g fat, 36.9g carbs

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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