Mussels in Marinara

DSC06297I’m just telling you straight out….you MUST make this recipe! Its insanely delicious and easy to make! Mussels are simmered in a homemade tomato sauce, served over angel hair pasta and sprinkled with Parmesan, serve with crusty bread to soak up the heavenly juices!

Serves 2 hungry people or 4 normal people

  • 2 lbs of fresh or frozen mussels
  • 1 Tbs of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 24 oz of chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
  • 3 tsp of fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tsp of fresh chopped oregano
  • dash of red pepper
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 4-5 oz of angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tbs of fresh chopped parsley for garnish
  • 2-3 Tbs of freshly grated Parmesan cheese


In a large skillet or soup pot, add in the oil and cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper, sugar, salt, pepper and wine.DSC06265DSC06269 Simmer for 45 – 1 hour until most of the liquid is cooked off.
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions, drain and toss with  a little olive oil.
If using frozen mussels, defrost in the microwave for 6 minutes, add them to the marinara, turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered for 5 or 6 minutes til heated through. (if using fresh mussels, just add them to the marinara and cook for 10 minutes)DSC06286To serve, place the pasta on a serving platter, add the mussels and the marinara right on top, sprinkle on the parsley and the Parmesan cheese, serve with crusty bread to soak up the juices! Heavenly!DSC06297Note to cooks:  Frozen mussels are easy to find in the seafood section of most grocery stores and on occasion, you can find fresh ones.  If a mussel doesn’t open after cooking, discard it.



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