In this simple Filipino dish mussels and spinach are cooked right in chicken broth. Serve it as a starter to a meal, or as a meal in itself! Serve hot with rice or French bread to dunk in the soup.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
2 1/2 pounds mussels
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the carrot and celery into the mixture and continue cooking until the carrot and celery have also softened, another 7 to 10 minutes.

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  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot and bring to a boil; cook at a boil for 5 minutes. Add the mussels; cover the pot and allow the mussels to simmer in the broth mixture just until they begin to open, about 5 minutes. Discard any mussels which do not open. Stir the spinach into the broth just before serving hot.

Nutrition Facts

335 calories; protein 34.4g 69% DV; carbohydrates 18.3g 6% DV; fat 13.4g 21% DV; cholesterol 76.4mg 26% DV; sodium 1762.6mg 71% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2010
I used frozen mixed veggies in a bag and prepared them just as the recipe states for the carrots and celery. I used frozen mussels out of a bag from Jewel and prepared them the same as the recipe calls for. I also cooked linguine noodles on the side tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil and dried parsley before pouring the broth mussels and veggies over the noodles. It was an excellent and complete meal! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/31/2011
1 star All I tasted was the celery and carrots. The taste of the mussels never came through. Next time I will steam it just with a little wine and garlic. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2010
I used frozen mixed veggies in a bag and prepared them just as the recipe states for the carrots and celery. I used frozen mussels out of a bag from Jewel and prepared them the same as the recipe calls for. I also cooked linguine noodles on the side tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil and dried parsley before pouring the broth mussels and veggies over the noodles. It was an excellent and complete meal! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2010
Absolutely the best mussels I have ever tasted!! They simply disappeared from everyone's plate. Perfectly cooked fantastic flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
So soooo good! I doubled the amount of carrots and celery and it was like serving a gourmet soup with mussels. I served it over pasta tossed in EVOO. This is a perfect recipe and I will make it again. My kids loved it - even my super picky 5 year old requested it "tomorrow.":) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2011
The whole family liked this. I did not have fresh spinach on hand so I used frozen spinach and it turned out pretty good. Would make this again. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/31/2011
1 star All I tasted was the celery and carrots. The taste of the mussels never came through. Next time I will steam it just with a little wine and garlic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/20/2015
Great recipe. Easy to fix and a change from preparing them using wine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2017
First time I ever made a soup with mussels. My husband and I just loved it! I had all ingredients for this recipe and then some. My changes/additions: I used frozen mussels added a pinch of Old Bay seasoning threw in some leftovers in my fridge--a half cup of brown rice a quarter cup of diced tomatoes and a half cup of mixed vegetables (I don't like to waste food and if I can use it up depending upon what I'm making I use it.) I served this soup with some crusty bread and we had a very satisfying meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2016
Excellent. I did add some thyme and used frozen cooked mussels. I added mussels and simmered just till they were thawed and hot. Read More