Mussels and Chorizo in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

Last Friday, Preston and I decided to have a date night at home.  Back in August when we went to Charlottesville for our anniversary, I had a mussels dish one night, and since then, I’ve been wanting to recreate that dish.



2 pounds of mussels, rinsed and scrubbed
12 oz chorizo, sliced thinly
2 shallots, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 can petite diced tomatoes
4 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp margarine
4 tbsp dried parsley


1.  Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.  Once pan and oil are warm, add the shallots and garlic.  Cook until browned (about 2-3 minutes).
2.  Add the diced tomatoes.  Cook another 2-3 minutes.
3.  Add the wine, mussels, and 2 tablespoons of parsley.  Cover the pan and let simmer until the mussels open (about 7-9 minutes).
4.  While the mussels are cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in another pan.  Once hot, add the chorizo, and cook until browned (about 7-9 minutes).
5.  Once mussels are open and the chorizo is cooked, add the chorizo, cream, and margarine to the mussels pan.  Cook until well mixed and the margarine is melted.  Sprinkle with the remaining parsley.

We served the mussels alongside a multigrain baguette (cooked in the oven with olive oil and garlic) and a side salad.  It was the perfect dish for a low key date night at home.

with bread

QOTD: What dishes that you’ve ordered at a restaurant have you tried to recreate at home?

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13 Responses to Mussels and Chorizo in a Creamy Tomato Sauce

  1. Yum!!! Girl you really impress me with your cooking skills!

  2. Chaitali says:

    Wow, this looks amazing! The last thing I tried to re-create was a dish I had while in Brazil and it turned out pretty well. It was a plantain, coconut milk stew type thing over rice. It wasn’t the same as the restaurant (which I wasn’t really expecting), but it was tasty.

  3. That sounds good. A little pricey I would think but not any more than it would be ordering it out. I recently made zuppa tuscana soup from the Olive Garden and it turned out great!

    • It wasn’t as pricey as you’d think. I got the mussels from Wegman’s for only $6 and the chorizo was just under $6. Altogether I spent less than $20 for all of the ingredients, which is definitely less than ordering this for two people at a restaurant.

  4. alifemoment says:

    It looks great, I love the idea to use Mussels and chorizo in the same dish 🙂

  5. Karen :0) says:

    This sounds delicious…perfect for a date night at home! 😀 I love re-creating (or attempting to re-create) recipes!

  6. Jennifer says:

    This looks GREAT! I am so glad you are posting recipes.

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