Risotto alle cozze – Risotto with mussels

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Risotto alle cozze – Risotto with mussels

Preparing a good risotto with mussels is easier than it seems. The basic rule is that the mussels must be very fresh to ensure the dish’s success. Then, a few other ingredients will allow you to serve a great risotto on the table. Save this recipe; it will come in handy to include in your menus for seafood lunches or dinners for any holiday or special occasion.


Preparation: 15 Minutes
Baking: 18-20 Minutes
Difficulty: Very Easy
Servings: 4
Cost: Inexpensive


1 kg mussels (very fresh)
600 ml fish stock
600 ml of mussel cooking water
350 g Carnaroli rice (or for risotto)
One glass of dry white wine
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
One chili pepper
Five garlic cloves
One bunch of parsley (chopped)

How to make Risotto alle cozze – Risotto with mussels

First, wash the mussels in running water, remove the byssus (black filament) and any encrustations on the shell, place them in a pan on high heat with oil and crushed poached garlic, chili pepper, and half a glass of dry white wine. Close the lid and let all the shells open.

Let them cool and remove all the shellfish, keep them warm between two plates, filter the liquid from the mussels and keep it in a small pot.

Wash and finely chop the parsley, peel and finely chop the onion, prepare the fish stock with the granulated stock cube, and pour it into the small pot with the cooking liquid from the mussels.

In a heavy-bottomed, low-sided saucepan, put five tablespoons of oil and stew the onion with one tablespoon of fish stock over low heat. When the onion is almost done and begins to brown, add the chopped chili pepper, pour in the rice, and let it toast for a few minutes over a high flame while stirring. Add the wine and let it evaporate. Add half of the chopped parsley and start cooking the risotto while stirring and adding a ladle of boiling broth when the rice tends to dry out and so on until it is cooked.

Add the mussels kept aside and stir gently, add the remaining parsley, salt to taste, sprinkle with chili powder, and soft and fragrant the risotto with mussels is ready to serve.

Risotto alle cozze – Risotto with mussels is a recipe from Puglia

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

You can reach Enrico at enricomassetti@msn.com.