Mussels may be intimidating if you’ve never made them before, but they are seriously the easiest, most gourmet-looking thing you can make! You basically just cook them until they open- easy peasy. There are tons of ways to prepare them (white wine sauce, yellow curry, mediterranean, etc.), but here’s a basic tomato sauce recipe that is just delish!
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28 oz) can of diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
2 lbs mussels, cleaned and debearded
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, oregano and basil. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Raise the heat to medium, add the mussels, and cover for 3-6 minutes or until the mussels open. Once they open, they are done. Remove from heat and pour the mussels and sauce in a large bowl. Be sure to discard any mussels that do not open. Serve with toasted baguette slices and/or linguine.