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Spaghetti with Mussels

Spaghetti with Mussels

How to make a classic seafood pasta: Spaghetti with Mussels!

Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manuela Zangara


  • 1 kg – 2.2 lbs. mussels cleaned
  • 600 gms – 1 1/3 lbs. tomatoes diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp parlsey chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 360 gms – 12.7 oz. Spaghetti


  1. Put the cleaned mussels in salty water for at least 2 hours, so that they get rid of the sand inside.
  2. Sauté the garlic cloves in a frying pan with the extra virgin olive oil for about a minute, or until just golden.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and cook them on a medium flame for 5 to 10 minutes. Keep the sauce aside.
  4. Put the mussels in a pot, cover with a lid and put on a high flame to open up.
  5. When open, remove them from the liquid and filter the liquid through a sieve (you will need this for your sauce, so do not discard it!).
  6. You can either keep the mussels in their shells or remove them from the shells. I usually remove half of them and keep the rest for decoration.
  7. Add the mussels and the filtered liquid to the warm tomato sauce. Cook on a high flame for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the chopped parsley, mix, season with salt and pepper to taste and put the fire off.
  9. Cook the pasta following the steps on How to cook pasta al dente in the Techniques page of this site, but drain it 1 minute before it is cooked as it will finish cooking together with the sauce. Put the drained pasta in the frying pan with the sauce and mix it well while cooking it on a slow flame for 1 or 2 minutes.
  10. Serve immediately with more freshly ground pepper!