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Mussels with Sausages and Fennel

by Vincent
Mussels with sausages and fennel

Mussels with Italian sausage meat, vegetables with tomato and white wine broth elevated with fennel seeds, basil and garlic is bound to be delicious.

I usually go classic with mussels à la marinière or Provençale, but this time I went all out Italian and it proved to be a great new avenue to cook mussels!

Tips for a successful mussels with sausages and fennel dish:

  1. Rinse and clean your mussels to remove any sea debris, rocks and dirt that you definitely don’t want as part of your meal!
  2. Let the broth and flavor profile build up prior to adding the mussels. Patience is key!
  3. Once you put your mussels in, keep a close watch and don’t let them overcook. If they stay closed after cooking, throw them out as they aren’t edible.

As for sides, French fries are a classic! If you don’t want to go with good old potatoes, try sweet potato fries instead which go very well with mussels. I inspired my sweet potatoes wedges from Cafe Delites, do look it up as they really get crispy and delicious!

Mussels with sausages and fennel
Mussels with sausages and fennel along with sweet potato fries
Mussels with sausages and fennel

Mussels with Sausages and Fennel

Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Total Time: Method: Steamed
Nutrition facts: 569 calories 30.3 g fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 2 lb of mussels
  • 1 lb of Italian sausage meat
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp of fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp of basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes


  1. Rinse and clean mussels
  2. In a pot, cook the carrot and onion on medium heat for 3 minutes to soften
  3. Add the sausage meat and cook until the sausage meat is down to small pieces
  4. Once the sausage is nice and golden, add the herbs and the tomato paste mixed in the white wine
  5. Add the diced tomato and let it cook for 10 minutes on low heat
  6. Add the mussels and cover for 4-5 minutes until the mussels open. Throw away the closed mussels
  7. Serve with oven baked sweet potato wedges
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