Mussels in Red Sauce

Mussels in Red Sauce - Zuppa di Cozze in Tomato Sauce.  An excellent appetizer to be enjoyed all year long.

Mussels in Red Sauce


For 2 Person(s)

For the Mussels:

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 cloves garlic, whole, divided
  • 2 pounds mussels
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • salt and hot pepper, as desired
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes


  1. Wash the mussels under fresh water, scrape the shells as necessary  and remove all the beards.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 3 cloves of garlic into a pot.
  3. Once the garlic turns golden, add the mussels. Occasionally stir the mussels. After 4 minutes, add the white wine and 1 tablespoon of the parsley. Cook for another 3 minutes and set aside. By now all the mussels will have opened. Any mussels that do not open discard as they may not be good.
  4. In another pan, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the other 3 cloves of garlic. Once the garlic turns golden, add the crushed tomatoes and  salt and hot pepper as desired.
  5. Let the tomatoes cook for 4 minutes. Filter the broth from the mussels and add it to the sauce. Let everything cook for 3 more minutes.
  6. Add the mussels to the sauce and the remainder of the parsley. Cook for 7 more minutes and serve with crusty Italian bread.




Wednesday, 05 October 2022
Amazingly delicious and easy recipe. I’m sure you can use the same recipe to make with clams as we...
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- aemond124
Thursday, 03 October 2019
Sounds just like I make them. Perfect and so quick. - Gianna0806