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Saffron Pilaf Mussels One-Pot

This easy seafood pilaf will have everyone returning for seconds!


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ( EVOO)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 pinches saffron threads
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup grape tomatoes (a generous handful), quartered
  • 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley (a generous handful), coarsely chopped


In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the orzo, increase the heat to medium-high and cook until slightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the rice, turmeric and saffron. Add the wine and cook for 30 seconds, then add the stock and cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the rice is al dente, 7-8 minutes.

Stir in the mussels, peas and tomatoes and cover and cook until all the mussels have opened, 8-10 minutes (discard any unopened mussels). Serve the pilaf in shallow bowls and top with the parsley.

Rachael Ray