Saffron adds its characteristic bittersweet earthiness to the broth, though the dish is good without it, too. Serve with toasted slices of French bread.
Cooking Light OCTOBER 2007
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add saffron; sauté 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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