Quick Mussels Fra Diavolo

Less than 15 minutes!

Mussels in a spicy red marinara sauce – simple and elegant, best served with lots of whole wheat crusty bread for dipping into the delicious sauce.

Seafood on Christmas Eve is a holiday family tradition. This can be served as an appetizer with bread for dipping or over pasta as a main dish or even over zoodles to keep it low carb. I usually use my own homemade marinara sauce (I never use jarred sauce) when I make this, but I tried this with Delallo’s Pomodoro Fresco and I have to say I was very impressed, and so was my husband! It tastes just like my homemade sauce and this dish came together in less than 15 minutes.

If you’ve never made mussels before, you’ll be surprised how easy this dish is. The mussels should be alive when you purchase and cook them. Any mussels that are cracked should be discarded, and any mussels that don’t open after cooking should also be tossed.

Quick Mussels Fra Diavolo

Mussels in a spicy red marinara sauce – simple and elegant, best served with lots of whole wheat crusty bread for dipping into the delicious sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (25.25 oz jar) DeLallo Marinara or homemade marinara
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine (omit for Paleo and Whole 30)
  • 3 lbs (48 to 50) live mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley, for garnish
  • (optional) whole wheat crusty bread, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. Add the shallot, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the wine and boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer.
  5. Stir in the mussels, cover and cook until the mussels open, 6 to 8 minutes; discard any mussels that do not open.
  6. Season lightly with salt, then transfer the mussels and sauce to a platter.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve right away with crusty bread.
 

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 8 mussels + sauce

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 214
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg
  • Sodium: 543mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Protein: 11g

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DeLallo. I only share products I use in my own kitchen. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.