Stuffed Mussels in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 45 mins

Stuffed mussels is a favorite throughout Italy. In Tuscany alone there are at least three traditional dishes to my knowledge. This is how they cook 'em up in Livorno. See the video for this recipe at the following link:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beard and clean mussels.
  2. Open mussels over bowl to collect liquid. Set aside.
  3. Cut stale bread up into cubes, place in bowl and moisten with broth. Let stand till bread has softened.
  4. Squeeze bread well of all liquid. Mix all the stuffing ingredients well in a bowl.
  5. Stuff mussels placing a heaping tablespoon of the stuffing on an open shell, press the two shells shut and wipe off the stuffing that squishes out.
  6. Make the tomato sauce: Sauté garlic, chili pepper and parsley in the oil over medium heat (do not let garlic brown). Add the crushed peeled tomatoes, stir and then add the mussel juice you've kept aside. Let sauce simmer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Gently place mussels into pan, cover and let mussels stew for about half an hour or until stuffing has cooked through.
  8. Serve and garnish with a sprinkling of parsley.
Most Helpful

This is simply the best mussels dish I've ever experienced, and I thought I'd prepared every recipe there was. I was skeptical of the ground beef in this one, but after one taste I knew I'd been served. In a really good way. Buon appetito!

The Spice Guru December 23, 2011