Mussels in Spicy Red Sauce

Mussels in Spicy Red Sauce

Ingredients for the Mussels in Spicy Red Sauce:

4 Tbsp olive oil
8 cloves minced or sliced garlic
1 chopped onion
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper powder
1 tsp oregano
1 cup of white wine
2 cups of crushed tomatoes or chopped tomatoes
3 pounds of mussels
3 Tbsp fresh Parsley chopped

Recipe for Mussels in Spicy Red Sauce:
Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat.  Add the garlic, chopped onion, red pepper flakes, cayenne, oregano, paprika, and saute until fragrant, stirring, about 30 seconds.  Add the white wine and tomato sauce, increase the heat to high, cover and bring to a boil.  

Add the mussels and cover the pan with the lid.  Cook over high heat for 5 minutes, the steam will cook the mussels.  Remove the lid and stir once gently.  Continue to cook until the mussels are completely open and fully cooked, 4 minutes.

Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the mussels gently from the pot to a large bowl.  Return the pot to the heat and increase the heat to high.  Boil for a minute or 2, until the sauce is thicker.  Pour the sauce over the mussels and serve immediately.

Recommendations for serving:

This recipe is very healthy and surprisingly light.  It can be served as an appetizer or main dish.  Serve with a thick crust bread or garlic toasts.  Best served with beer or white wine!