Zesty Steamed Mussels

zesty steamed musselsINGREDIENTS:
1 small onion, finely chopped                      ½ cup water
3 Tbsp. green pepper, finely chopped          ½ cup tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. olive oil                                         1 ½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
6 large cloves garlic, finely chopped              8 drops Tabasco sauce
2 lbs. mussels

DIRECTIONS:
Sauté onion and green pepper in oil until soft. Add garlic and continue to sauté, being careful not to burn. Add water, tomato sauce, lemon juice and Tabasco and simmer for 15 minutes. Add mussels and bring to a boil, steaming until shells open. Serve with garlic bread to dip in sauce.

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as an appetizer.