Fettuccine with Mussels and Tomato Sauce

$5 Dinners: Fettuccine with Mussels and Tomato Sauce

Think you have to break the bank to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner? Think again! This meal comes in under $5 per serving. Fortunately for mussel lovers, there are several types of mussels that are available in the U.S. year-round.

Mussels are low in calories, high in protein, and are a great source of potassium (an essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body). They are also high in heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Combine mussels with whole wheat pasta to increase your fiber intake, and voila - you have a complete nutrient-dense meal that your body will thank you for.


Fettuccine with Mussels and Tomato Sauce

Yields 4 servings


  • 8 ounces long whole wheat pasta (like fettuccine, spaghetti or angel hair), cooked according to package directions
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 14-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 24 mussels (about 3 pounds), scrubbed and debearded
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add salt and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and wine, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add mussels, and increase heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes or until shells open. Discard any unopened shells.
  3. To serve, toss mussels and sauce with pasta. Sprinkle with parsley.

This post was originally published by the Natural Gourmet Institute. Learn more about today's Natural Gourmet Center.

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