Mussels Marinara

Mussels Marinara
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Mussels Marinara

Yasmin Fahr

Mussels Marinara

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:

338 calories

Dietary restrictions:

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

Daily value:



  • Fat 4g 6%
  • Carbs 64g 21%
  • Saturated 1g 4%
  • Fiber 14g 56%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 20g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 16g 31%
  • Cholesterol 4mg 1%
  • Sodium 1,039mg 43%
  • Calcium 317mg 32%
  • Magnesium 101mg 25%
  • Potassium 1,330mg 38%
  • Iron 7mg 38%
  • Zinc 2mg 14%
  • Phosphorus 270mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 114µg 13%
  • Vitamin C 75mg 125%
  • Thiamin (B1) 3mg 228%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 32%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 42%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 48%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 120µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 32%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 17%
  • Vitamin K 18µg 23%
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