Pasta with mussels in tomato sauce – Simple recipe

Pasta with mussels in tomato sauce – Simple recipe

By 19/07/2019

I just love the flavour of the sea.

Pasta with mussels is usually a dish I make at weekends simply because the mussels need to be really fresh and therefore bought on the same day but, as this is an easy dish and of quick preparation, you could certainly make it during the week if you wish.

It is incredible how a few mussels can magically transform a simple tomato sauce in a perfumed and moreish dish. Mussels don't need much prep time either, you just need to wash them under the tap and scrape theirs shells to remove any dirt. Make sure you discard any shells that are broken or any which do not open after cooking.

Choose any pasta you fancy: a short cut pasta or spaghetti or linguine would do too.

This sauce is also light so an ideal meal for these hot summer nights, a nice salad on the side and I couldn't ask for more.. or yes a nice glass of Pinot Grigio please.

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 4


Wash the mussels under the tap, discard any cracked ones and scrape the shells with a knife to remove any dirt. Pull the beards off.

Put the mussels in a large pan and let them open up over a high heat with the lid on. This should take 3 to 5 minutes approximately.

Remove any unopened ones. Take them off their shells but leave a few still in their shell for decoration and set aside. Filter the liquid they have released.

Cooked mussels

In a separate large pan stir fry the garlic cloves with 3 tbsp of olive oil. Remove the garlic and add the chopped tomatoes, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Cook for 10 minutes over a moderate heat then add the liquid released from the mussels and the parsley and cook for a further 2 minutes. Finally add the mussels without the shell and stir well.

Tomato sauce

Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than indicated on the packet, drain it and add it to the sauce with the mussels and 3 tbsp of olive oil; Stir the sauce with the pasta for 2 minutes over a high source of heat.

Serve with the remaining mussels still in their shells.

Pasta with mussels and tomato sauce


Pasta with mussels and tomato sauce


Pasta with mussels and tomato sauce

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13 Responses to Pasta with mussels in tomato sauce – Simple recipe

  1. angiesrecipes

    I wish I had a huge plate of mussels with pasta in front of me! This looks so satisfying and yummy!

  2. Gloria Roa Baker

    Love mussels Alida and this looks and sounds delicious, yumm!!

  3. Lorelle

    Such simple recipes are always the best. Love mussels in a rich sauce, delicious Alida 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Lorelle

  4. Frank

    Looks yummy, Alida! I nice change from clams, however much I like them, too. Love the tip about leaving a few mussels in their shells for decoration!

    • Alida

      Thanks Frank. The eye must be pleased too! 🙂

  5. Marcella

    Thank you Alida! You are fantastic! It is allways a pleasure to get your delicious recepies. Very best regards

    • Alida

      You are very kind Marcella. All the best x

  6. Kelly | Foodtasia

    Alida, such a wonderful pasta dish! I’m so craving it now that you mentioned that it tastes like the flavors of the sea. How lovely!

  7. speedy70

    Che delizioso profumino di mare!!!

  8. 2pots2cook

    Yes ! Absolutely all time favourite ! Perfect summer treat !

  9. All That I'm Eating

    Such a great pasta dish, I like your idea of making it at the weekend for a speedy supper.

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