Want to prepare a fabulous appetizer, or dinner in just about 12 minutes? This recipe is just for you! Mussels Marinara is super simple, quick, and so elegant. Additionally, whether you serve this dish as an appetizer or as a meal, it is super inexpensive. Honestly, you could never order this fabulous dish in a restaurant for the price you can make at home. I also guarantee the taste will be even better! Your Family will beg you to make this on a weekly basis.
If you are local to Charlotte, head on over to The Carolina Meat & Fish Co. and grab the fresh marinara and loads of PEI mussels! I love using this local marinara sauce from Cannizzaro. I also use their fabulous sauce in my recipe for Seafood Stew – Cioppino.
Be sure to add this recipe to your Feast of the Seven Fishes meal on Christmas Eve. Check out even more recipes using mussels, Steamed Mussels with White Wine and Garlic and Steamed Mussels in a Sambuca Cream Sauce.
HOW TO CLEAN MUSSELS
Begin by soaking the mussels in cold water mixed with a spoonful of flour. The mussels will ingest the flour water and spit it out along with any grit or dirt from inside the shell. Rinse the mussels under cold water. Discard any opened or cracked mussels. You can also use this technique for cleaning clams.
Alternatively, I bet this dish would be equally as good using clams, or a combination of mussels and clams.
HOW TO PREPARE MUSSELS MARINARA
In a pan, add the olive oil, marinara, chopped garlic, chopped shallots, a few dashes of kosher salt, black pepper, and the red pepper flakes. Allow to cook on medium for just about two minutes. Squeeze in the juice from the lemon wedges and toss the wedges into the sauce. Add the clam juice. Turn up the heat and allow to come to almost a boil. Add the mussels. Place lid on pan and allow the mussels to open (this should take only about a minute or so). Be sure not to overcook the mussels. As soon as they open, they are done. Be sure to discard any mussels that fail to open. Remove from heat immediately.
Top with the basil. Add in the heavy whipping cream. Stir and serve with a ton of crusty bread as an appetizer, or serve on top of linguine as a meal! Either way, you will love, love, love this recipe for Mussels Marinara.
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