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Mussels in Red Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2-4 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Italian


Mussels steamed in a delicious spicy red arrabbiata sauce with fresh parsley, garlic, and cream.


  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1 16 ounce jar spicy arrabbiata sauce (or marinara sauce)
  • ¼ cup cream or half and half
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Rinse mussels under cool water. Discard any that do not fully close when rinsing or resting for 30 seconds (these are dead). Remove any beards if protruding from the shell.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a covered saucepan, bring to a simmer (medium-high heat) and add the mussels. Simmer for about 5 minutes or until the mussels have opened ¼ to ½ an inch.
  3. Stir and serve as an entree or over pasta if desired.


Can also be served over pasta of your choice


  • Serving Size: About 1/2 lb
  • Calories: 206
  • Sugar: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 655mg
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.2g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Protein: 27.2g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg

Keywords: mussels in red sauce, mussels in spicy arrabbiata sauce


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