15 Minute Drunken Mussels Pasta

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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! 

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Delicious 15 Minute Drunken Mussels Pasta

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.

mussels, pepper, noodles, green onions, with parsley on them

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!)

mussels, pepper, noodles, green onions, with parsley on them

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!

mussels, pepper, noodles, green onions, with parsley on them

Isn’t this perfect for date night? So romantic- and it looks impressive and gourmet but doesn’t take any fancy skills or equipment!

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15 minute Drunken Mussels Pasta with peppers.
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Drunken Mussels Pasta

Delicious rich seafood is packed with dry white wine, garlic, and succulent butter for a perfect seaside dinner.
Course Seafood
Cuisine Italian
Keyword drunken pasta, drunken seafood, pasta, seafood
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 466kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 2 cup spaghetti or linguine cooked al dente

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 637mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Bec McCormack says:

    5 stars
    Dear Courtney O’Dell
    Lovely recipe, I am currently writing a novel and would respectfully request your permission to reproduce your recipe in the book, with of course full credit to you in the references. I will understand if you decline however.
    with kind regards
    Bec McCormack