Mussels in Tomato Sauce

20 minutes
4 to 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories 361; Fat 10g; Carbs 42g; Cholesterol 40mg; Sugars 6g; Fibre 4g; Protein 21g; Sodium 6.75g
A steaming plate of fresh mussels in tomato sauce with pasta gives the ultimate indulgence! Fortunately, fresh mussels are widely available and easy to prepare.
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  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 small white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 to 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Crusty bread, for serving
  • Fresh parsley


  • First, cook the bacon in a large pot until crisp. Remove the bacon and crumble it. Drain the fat from the pot.

  • Then add the onion to the pot and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Add the garlic and cook for a minute.

  • Add the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for a minute.

  • Add the wine to the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until the wine has reduced by half.

  • Then add the marinara sauce and cooked bacon to the pot and stir well. Bring the sauce to a simmer.

  • Next, add the mussels to the pot and cover the pot.

  • Steam the mussels for 5 to 7 minutes, until all of them have opened. Discard any mussels that do not open.

  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the mussels over the spaghetti, sprinkled with parsley and served with crusty bread.

Frozen Mussels Products

  • Emperor 600-800g

  • Crabs (cooked) 1-1.5kg

  • Chilean Mussels 1kg

  • New Zealand Mussel Meat 500g

  • Small Mussels 454g

  • NZ Half Shell Mussels 908g