Sauté until fennel is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the mussels and stir. Add mussels. This fennel-infused sauce requires some crusty bread or frites to soak it all up. The best part about mussels is that they take on whatever flavour you give them. This Mussels Pasta With Garlic And Fennel was inspired by reader favorite Creamy Garlic Mussels and is a taste-trip to Tuscany. Add the shallots, garlic, and heavy cream and stir in the saffron. Add the broth and cream. Cover and cook over high heat until the mussels open, about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring once during cooking. 2 pounds mussels, cleaned 1/2 large Vidalia Onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 tsp garlic, minced 1 large fennel bulb, sliced (about 2 cups) 1 pint light cream 1 1/2 cups white wine 1 1/2 cups water Salt Pepper 1 Bayleaf 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp butter . Season with salt and pepper. Add wine and cream and boil until liquid thickens, about 10 minutes. Cover and cook until mussels open, about 5 minutes. Bring to a boil. It’s the best mussels recipe for busy weeknights when you need a quick meal but still want a deliciously inspired one. Take the pan away from the heat and add the Herbsaint. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and dice tomatoes, reserving juice. Set aside. If you don’t have Pernod on hand, use Sambuca or Ricard Pastis. Carefully place the pan back over the heat for about 15 seconds to get the alcohol warm, and flame, shaking the pan several times. Season with salt and pepper. In a saucepan, soften the shallots, celery and fennel in the butter for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Mussels in a Fennel Cream Sauce (serves 4) Printable Version. Add the fennel and bell peppers, and season with salt and pepper. Discard any that do not close when tapped. In Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; fry onion, garlic, celery, fennel, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Scrub mussels, removing any beards. Add the Pernod and reduce by half. This sauce is a cream based sauce that’s flavoured with smoked sausage, fennel, shallots, and garlic along with Pernod, which is an anise flavoured liqueur adding a subtle sweetness to the cream sauce. Set aside. This is a recipe that tastes and looks like luxury, but comes together simply and in less than half an hour.