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    Mussels Marinara

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    15 mins

    5 mins

    10 mins

    HollyLQuinn's Note:

    This dish seems fancy and elegant, but it's incredibly inexpensive and easy to make!

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    Units: US | Metric

    • 1 (2 lb) bag live mussels (I've found that frozen mussels work great too, though a bit more expensive)
    • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/2-3/4 cup red wine (inexpensive jug wine is fine)
    • 1 -3 garlic clove, grated or chopped
    • salt and pepper, to taste
    • hot cooked linguine
    • 1 loaf crusty bread


    1. 1
      If using live mussels, dump into colander and rinse well.
    2. 2
      Any mussel that does not close (at least a little) when sprayed with water is no good and should be discarded.
    3. 3
      Remove any"beards" remaining.
    4. 4
      Put mussels into a heavy skillet and add tomatoes, oil, wine, garlic, and seasoning.
    5. 5
      Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
    6. 6
      Mussels are done when the shells open up (discard any that remain shut).
    7. 7
      If using frozen mussels, cook until completely heated through.
    8. 8
      Serve over linguine with crusty bread to sop up the juice.
    9. 9
      Accompany with remaining wine and a salad.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 08, 2009


      This is a great basic recipe for mussels. I too like to add more garlic, and spices to kick up the flavor, but to say that a Jarred sauce of any kind would be better than homemade is just ludacris. Thanks for posting, I am making it again tonight!

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    • on June 05, 2009


      Super easy and a wonderful dish. I did add a few seasonings to spice it up a bit. I used a cup of chardonnay instead of a red. Just love sopping up that broth with the crusty bread. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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    • on February 08, 2008


      Disappointing. The mussels were mushy and flavorless, and the "sauce" lacked character. Would have been better with a jarred marinara sauce...

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    Nutritional Facts for Mussels Marinara

    Serving Size: 1 (629 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1099.3
    Calories from Fat 211
    Total Fat 23.4 g
    Saturated Fat 4.1 g
    Cholesterol 63.6 mg
    Sodium 1970.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 157.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
    Sugars 9.4 g
    Protein 58.1 g

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