Mussels with Herbs and a Red Sauce

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Mussels with Herbs and a Red Sauce

Mussels are common for an appetizer or a snack.  My Nana would make a pan of mussels for a late afternoon meal.  Most Italian homes have food going all day and this easy dish is perfect for friends around the table.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine (dry)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed


  1. In a large cast iron pan over medium heat add in olive oil. Once hot add in garlic and red pepper flakes stirring around with a wooden spoon for 30 seconds.

  2. Add in wine and diced tomatoes then bring to a boil.

  3. Add in mussels, cover and let cook for 6-8 minutes or until they open*.

    *Discard any mussels that do not open!

  4. Serve right out of the pan or transfer to a large bowl.

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