Steamed Mussels in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Steamed Mussels in Tomato Sauce Recipe

How To Make Steamed Mussels in Tomato Sauce

These steamed mussels are cooked in marinara sauce with crisped bacon for added savor. Serve it over pasta or pair it with an appetizer!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 4bacon strips,chopped
  • ½small white onion,chopped
  • 3garlic cloves,sliced
  • ½tspred pepper flakes
  • ¼tspsalt
  • ¼tspblack pepper
  • ½cupwhite wine,optional
  • 4cupsmarinara sauce
  • lbsmussels,scrubbed, debearded, rinsed and drained

For Serving (Optional):

  • 1lbspaghetti,drained, if serving as a main course
  • crusty bread,if serving as an appetizer
  • fresh parsley


  1. Add the chopped bacon to a large, deep skillet over medium-low heat. Cook the bacon for 5 to 6 minutes until it renders out fat and starts to get crispy.

  2. Then, add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper, and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until onions soften and become translucent.

  3. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes to soften the garlic and combine flavors. Then, pour in the wine to deglaze the pan.

  4. Cook for 1 minute and then pour in marinara sauce and stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes, partially covered.

  5. Remove the lid and add all of the mussels. Cover and shake the skillet gently. Cook the mussels for 4 to 5 minutes until they open. Discard any that do not open.

  6. Serve with crusty bread as an appetizer or over-cooked pasta as a main course, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Mussels, like most seafood, don’t keep well for long as leftovers. The sauce and mussels are fine in the fridge for a day or two.
  • Reheat them gently on the stove with a splash of water. Freezing is not recommended.


  • Calories: 567.49kcal
  • Fat: 14.01g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.57g
  • Trans Fat: 0.03g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.75g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.27g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.07g
  • Fiber: 5.90g
  • Sugar: 12.40g
  • Protein: 28.59g
  • Cholesterol: 48.03mg
  • Sodium: 1198.14mg
  • Calcium: 105.91mg
  • Potassium: 1185.24mg
  • Iron: 7.28mg
  • Vitamin A: 132.85µg
  • Vitamin C: 18.99mg
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