Mussels Marinara Recipe {Quick + Easy}

Mussels in large grey bowl after cooking served with lemon wedges.

Mussels Marinara is a quick & easy recipe to make at home. Serve them with crusty bread as an appetizer, or over pasta as an entree. Spice them up with red pepper flakes to make Mussels Fra Diavolo.

I’m back with another quick & easy seafood recipe for you! This Mussels Marinara recipe will be on your table in under 30 minutes. It’s light, delicious and oh so flavorful – with white wine, plenty of garlic and fresh parsley. And if you like heat, just add some red pepper flakes or opt for FarmToFork Spicy Marinara Sauce to make Mussels Fra Diavolo.

Mussels Marinara Ingredients:

  • Mussels
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • White Wine
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Parsley
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

During the busy holiday season, it’s important to take time and be present in the moment. Taking small steps to be more mindful can help us savor the season .

Keeping a few high-quality packaged goods from responsible brands on hand is a great way to simplify the cooking process, so that you can spend more time with your friends & family.

Just be sure to look for a sauce with simple ingredients to ensure meals remain both mindful and flavorful. I’m using Marinara Sauce from my new favorite pasta sauce brand, FarmToFork™ Pasta Sauce. From sustainably grown tomatoes to fresh garlic, basil and onions, FarmToFork Pasta Sauce isn’t your typical store-bought pasta sauce. The brand focuses on goodness both within and beyond the jar – from good ingredients to good growing practices to good impact on local communities.

FarmToFork Marinara Sauce is a versatile addition to any recipe and was a perfect complement to this dish, blending seamlessly with the briny mussels and sautéed garlic. Be sure to look for it in a store near you or scoop it up online at Walmart or Target.

How to Make Mussels Marinara:

  • Heat olive oil on MEDIUM so that your garlic wont scorch. Sauté until golden.
  • Add wine and reduce by half.
  • Add marinara sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add mussels to the skillet and cook until mussels open, 3-5 minutes.

How to Make Mussels Fra Diavolo:

  • Add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes when you are sautéing the garlic.

What Does Fra Diavolo Mean?

  • “Fra Diavolo” means “Brother Devil” in Italian. Mussels Fra Diavolo is given the name for its spicy flavors.

Two hands holding bowl of cooked mussels next to loaf of crusty bread and bowl of red pepper flakes.

How to Store & Clean Mussels

  • Once purchased, mussels should be used within a couple days. Store them in the refrigerator, in a bowl covered with a damp towel.
  • To clean, rinse them in a colander using a scrub brush. If you find mussels with open shells, tap them gently to ensure that it closes up and is alive. If not, discard.
  • The “beard” of a mussel is a bundle of hair-like fibers that comes from the shell. Most farm-raised mussels will come debearded. However, if you find mussels that need to be debearded, simply grab the beard from the mussels and give it a tug to remove it.

Side view of bowl of cooked mussels in marinara served with piece of baguette.

How to Eat Mussels Marinara

  • With crusty bread to soak up that delicious sauce.
  • Over pasta as a main course.
  • This Mussels in Red Sauce recipe will serve 6 as an appetizer or 4 as a main course over pasta.

What to Serve alongside Mussels Marinara:

Seafood Recipes:

What Wine To Drink With Mussels Marinara

  • White Wine – Pinot Grigio or dry sparkling wine such as Prosecco are awesome with this dish.
  • Red Wine – Dolcetto or Barbera. Look for fruity reds that are lower in alcohol.

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Mussels Marinara Recipe

Mussels in large grey bowl after cooking served with lemon wedges.

Mussels Marinara Recipe

Mussels Marinara is a quick & easy recipe to make at home.
Serve them with crusty bread as an appetizer, or over pasta as an entree. Spice
them up with red pepper flakes to make Mussels Fra Diavolo.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you’d like spicy Fra Diavolo mussels)
  • 1 cup dry white wine (I used Pinot Gris, but Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay would work)
  • 1 23.5 ounce jar FarmToFork Marinara Sauce
  • 2 pounds mussels (scrubbed and debearded)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Chopped parsley (for serving)
  • Crusty bread (for serving)


  • In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil and sauté garlic (and red pepper flakes if using) for 1-2 minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic.
  • Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in FarmToFork Marinara Sauce and bring to a simmer. Stir in mussels, cover and cook until mussels open, 3 to 5 minutes; discard any mussels that do not open.
  • Season with salt, to taste, and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with crusty bread.
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Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 3mg


I teamed up with FarmToFork to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.













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