Mussels in spicy tomato sauce

The Mediterranean is rich in mussels, in particular in the rock coastal region. They are also abundant in the coastal regions of the United States. Cozze, or mussels, are a very popular dish in Italy, especially around Naples. It seems that just about every Italian American restaurant has some rendition of a mussels dish: alla Posillipo (spicy tomato sauce), alla marinara (mild fresh tomato sauce), and so on. Well, here is a spicy one: mussels in spicy tomato sauce. Mussels are not an expensive seafood and deliver a lot of flavor if fresh and still briny from the sea. Otherwise, save your San Marzano tomatoes for another dish. So let’s have a look at this wonderful and easy-to-make recipe: mussels in spicy tomato sauce will leave you completely satisfied.

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 garlic cloves, sliced
28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano, crushed by hand
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon peperoncino flakes
3 pounds mussels, soaked and scrubbed clean
10 large fresh basil leaves, shredded

Heat 5 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the sliced garlic, and cook until the garlic sizzles and turns just golden around the edges, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, slosh out the can with ¼ cup hot water, and add that to the pot. Season with the oregano, salt, and pepperoncino. Bring to a boil, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

Once the sauce has thickened, add the mussels, stir, and adjust the heat so the sauce is simmering. Cover, and simmer until the mussels open, about 5 minutes. Once the mussels have opened (discard any that have not), stir in the basil, and drizzle with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Transfer the mussels to a serving bowl, and pour juices over. Serve mussels in spicy tomato sauce immediately.

Mussels in spicy tomato sauce

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4 thoughts on “Mussels in spicy tomato sauce

  • June 18, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Mussels, I love them! Poi sono genovese e quindi li chiamo muscoli …

    • June 18, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Genova… adoro Genova. Per questioni di tifo ogni tanto ci sono stato. Da quanto però che non la visito 🙂

  • June 23, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    I love Mussels, my niece tried cooking them while she’s traveling in France yesterday – I’ve shared this recipe with her 😀

    • June 23, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much!

      I’d say lucky her, as my holidays won’t be until September 🙁 I hope she’s having a good time and I also hope she’ll enjoy the recipe. Thank you so much again 🙂


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