Mussels Marinara

Mussels Marinara
Yasmin Fahr


  • head garlic whole, plus 2 cloves thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  olive oil, plus more for the garlic
  •   Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • shallot, thinly sliced
  • Two  28-ounce cans whole tomatoes
  •   Red chile flakes, to taste
  • 3 pounds  mussels, scrubbed clean
  •   Loaf of rustic Italian bread or other crusty bread

This garlicky, addictive dish is best served with crusty bread or a bowl of pasta. I personally prefer placing pieces of bread at the bottom of my bowl and spooning the sauce and mussels on top. That way, the bread soaks in the flavorful tomato sauce, softening the hard crust to make that perfect balance of crunchy and squishy (in a good way). 

To make this dish extra garlicky, I roasted garlic while making my sauce and spread it on the toasted bread right before serving. 


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the top of the head of garlic and drizzle oil and a pinch of salt on top. Wrap in foil and place in the oven for 35-40 minutes. 

Heat a large pan over high heat; when hot, add the oil and turn the heat down to medium. Add the shallots and season with salt and pepper, stirring constantly, until softened, about 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes, turn the heat to high and then bring to a simmer for about 30 minutes. Season to taste with the chile flakes, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally. 

When the sauce has reached desired consistency, add the mussels and cover with a lid, until their shells have opened, about 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove the garlic from the oven and toast the bread, if desired. Discard any mussels that have not opened and serve alongside the bread and roasted garlic, leaving guests to spread it on as they want. 


Calories per serving:

781 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 61g 94%
  • Carbs 251g 84%
  • Saturated 11g 53%
  • Fiber 28g 114%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Protein 202g 405%
  • Cholesterol 381mg 127%
  • Sodium 7,342mg 306%
  • Calcium 1,271mg 127%
  • Magnesium 766mg 192%
  • Potassium 8,154mg 233%
  • Iron 79mg 438%
  • Zinc 27mg 183%
  • Phosphorus 3,438mg 491%
  • Vitamin A 4,048IU 81%
  • Vitamin C 277mg 462%
  • Thiamin (B1) 4mg 267%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 4mg 254%
  • Niacin (B3) 47mg 234%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 174%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 911µg 228%
  • Vitamin B12 163µg 2,722%
  • Vitamin E 22mg 108%
  • Vitamin K 73µg 91%
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 23g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 15g
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