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A good friend of mine and fellow chef, John Lanzafame, has taught me a lot about Italian food and his take on it is that he wants to cook like his mother does. That simple statement was enough for me to fall in love with his cooking. This isn't an original recipe but it speaks volumes about true Italian food and the wonderful flavours it produces with so few ingredients.


  • 30 Black Mussels

  • 6 Cloves Garlic

  • 1 tablespoon sliced red chilli

  • 20 basil leaves

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • sea salt

  • cracked Black pepper

  • 1 cup Napolitana sauce

  • Napolitana sauce

  • 1 tin crushed tomatoes

  • 50 g Garlic Chopped

  • 0.25 bunch Basil

  • sea salt

  • Pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil


  • For the Garlic confit:

  • 1.

    Drizzle whole garlic cloves with some olive oil and roast in the oven on the lowest setting for about 2 hours until they are nice and soft.

  • Napolitana sauce:

  • 1.

    Heat oil in a pot and add chopped garlic and cook until caramelised.

  • 2.

    Add tomatoes into the pot and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • 3.

    Add chopped basil.

  • 4.

    Season to taste.

  • Mussels:

  • 1.

    Heat the oil in a wok until almost smoking.

  • 2.

    Add in the mussels and cook for a minute.

  • 3.

    Add in the garlic, chilli, basil, white wine and cover for 2 minutes.

  • 4.

    Add in the Napolitana sauce and season with salt and pepper.

  • 5.

    Heat through and serve with crusty bread.

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Posted by ChollaReport
i cant take this bloke seriously anymore.
the activated almonds put him in the elite *** class.
Posted by ZainReport
hi, i didnt try it yet but im sure its fantastic tast .garlic and mussels are perfect for me .it looks lovely .
Posted by Report
hmmm almost seems needs some pasta to go with it...maybe some rigatte no5