Quick, easy, and delicious- this 15 minute drunken mussels pasta recipe is full of garlic, white wine, and red pepper flavor- perfect for spaghetti or linguine!
I was always afraid of cooking mussels.
They are tricky- there are all sorts of things to do (like scrub them well, remove sand, take off their little “beards”)- and I’m always afraid of cooking a bad mussel and basically killing everyone.
Yea- I’m totally neurotic like that.
But really- it is SO easy to cook mussels, and this drunken mussels pasta is SO good!
(and if you’re insane like me, you can TOTALLY use pre-cleaned and pre-cooked frozen mussels in this recipe! Yay for a safe and awesome shortcut. Of course, fresh always tastes best- but let’s be real- we don’t all live near the ocean or have time to clean shellfish for a light and delicious dinner!)
This dish couldn’t be more simple- toss in a pan with some butter, wine, garlic, peppers and top with fresh cilantro- and you have an elegant, romantic meal!
Isn’t this perfect for date night? So romantic- and it looks impressive and gourmet but doesn’t take any fancy skills or equipment!
Just look how easy it is (and if you like quick, easy videos of recipes, be sure to follow my youtube channel!!)
Drunken Mussels Pasta Recipe
- 2 lbs mussels cleaned and debearded (frozen ok too- do not pre-thaw)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 cloves garlic minced or 2 tsp garlic paste
- Juice of 1 lemon or 1 oz limoncello
- 2 cups white wine
- 1 bell pepper diced
- 2 cup spaghetti or linguine cooked al dente
Heat butter in a pan on medium high heat, add mussels.
If frozen- add immediately to pan and cook from frozen (add another 5 minutes to cook time).
Add garlic, lemon and wine, as well as bell pepper.
Stir well and cook on medium high heat until mussels open naturally.
Discard mussels that don't open on their own.
Add pasta and toss in sauce to coat evenly.
Garnish with cilantro and plate.
Add fresh grated parmesan, if desired.