Mussels Fra Diavolo

Mussels Fra Diavolo

Mussels Fra Diavolo is a classic seafood dish that is simple yet elegant. Crushed red chili flakes give the dish its fiery reputation. As the mussels cook, they open and release their natural juices, adding to the rich flavor of the tomato broth. Reducing the tomato and wine mixture before adding the mussels will ensure the broth has just the right texture for the perfect Mussels Fra Diavolo.

Made with Polpa

Mutti Polpa keeps all the freshness of freshly picked tomatoes. This unique product combines the finely cut pulpy part of the fruit with its own juice.

cooking sketch 35 min (COOK TIME: 10 min / PREP TIME: 25 min)

cooking sketch Easy

4 people


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 can Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes (14 oz., Polpa)
  • 2 lbs fresh mussels, scrubbed clean with beards removed
  • chopped fresh parsley

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Fra Diavolo is the name given to the chili-pepper enhanced tomato sauce that is most commonly combined with shellfish.

We also recommend these fried mussels!

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Mussels Fra Diavolo: Method

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepot over medium-high heat. Add shallots, garlic and red pepper and cook for about 5 minutes or until shallots are golden, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in white wine and cook about 3 minutes or until reduced by half.
  3. Stir in Mutti® Finely Chopped Tomatoes, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partially covered about 20 minutes or until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add mussels to the pot and stir gently to distribute them evenly within the sauce. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Gently shake the pan a couple of times during cooking, without removing the cover, to redistribute the mussels.
  5. After 5 minutes, remove the cover from the pan to check the mussels. Most should be open. If some remain closed, cover and cook for an additional 2 minutes. At this time, if any mussels are still closed, discard them.
  6. Arrange mussels in shallow serving bowls and ladle sauce over them.
  7. Serve your delicious Mussels Fra Diavolo with crusty bread or over hot cooked pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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Also made with: Polpa



Total time 1h 20 min

Difficulty Easy

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