Steamed Mussels in a Saffron Broth

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded

Preparation

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté for 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds. Add saffron; sauté for 15 seconds. Stir in tomato paste, whipping cream and clam juice; bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add mussels to pan. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until mussels open; discard any unopened shells.

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