Mussels in a red dress is a simple, elegant meal of linguine topped with steamed mussels and a classic sauce of red wine, tomatoes, olives, capers, and basil.
If the fancy-sounding title of mussels in a red dress conjures images of lengthy preparation and piles of dishes, fear not. This dish of mussels and pasta with tomatoes, olives, capers, and a splash of red wine is as simple as can be to make and is equally suitable whether it’s a casual weeknight or you need something to impress. Conversely, if the title conjures images of an easy and elegant dinner with laughter and scintillating conversation and perhaps even dancing afterwards, well, this recipe can help bring about exactly that.–Angie Zoobkoff
Mussels in a Red Dress
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- 40 M
- 40 M
- Serves 4 to 6
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I’ve never made mussels before so it was a confidence booster for me to learn how to make them. They are a nutritious, fast-cooking protein and they’re easier to make than one would think. My young children even ate all of their mussels!
The tang of the capers and the Kalamata olives really shine through to make this a delicious sauce. I think that this sauce would be equally delicious with grilled or sauteed shrimp.
I used baby grape tomatoes as my choice of fresh tomatoes. If I use them again I will cover the sauce with a lid for the thickening step so that they burst more easily. I used a Tuscan Sangiovese and linguine noodles.
If you like pasta puttanesca, you will love Mussels in a Red Dress. They are practically the same dish but instead of anchovies you have mussels. The mussels truly take the dish to another level. Not just in terms of flavor, but the dish becomes more substantial and, in my humble opinion, a lot more fun to eat.
I used 3 Tomatoes on the Vine and red Burgundy wine.
We loved this! The mussels were perfectly steamed and the briny tomato sauce with pasta was the perfect base. Simple enough for a weeknight but definitely impressive without breaking the bank. As a bonus, even my 9 year old gobbled it up!