Mussels Marinara


·   3 tablespoons light oil or olive oil

·   1 small white onion, finely chopped

·   4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

·   1 cup white wine

·   2 or 3 cans chopped plum tomatoes (32 to 48 ounces total)

·   1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano leaves

·   1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley leaves

·   Salt and pepper

·   4 pounds fresh mussels, de-bearded, scrubbed and rinsed

·   Pasta, as an accompaniment or bruschetta for dipping

·   1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil leaves


Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute until cooked. Add the wine and reduce by half, then add the plum tomatoes, oregano and parsley. Add the mussels to the pan and allow to cook for about 10 minutes until all the mussels are open. Transfer mussels to a platter. (Discard any mussels that do not open.)

You can mound some pasta in the center of the plate surrounded by the mussels or have some bruschetta handy for dipping into the sauce.

Adjust the seasoning for the sauce with salt and pepper, as necessary. Coat the mussels with the sauce and sprinkle with fresh chopped basil just before serving.

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Comments: Great recipe! My family and I are big lovers of mussels. After returning home from Spain (and eating mussels almost every day in Barcelona) I was inspired to try to make them myself. I found this to be a really simple recipe that, when presented to guests, really looks great and wows everyone. Serving with pasta (I like angel hair) tastes great. The main tip I have is to make sure you wash the mussels thoroughly before starting to cook. I accidently forgot to wash them before I began cooking everything else and had to frantically scrub.

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