Spaghetti with Mussels

Spaghetti with Mussels

4 servings
Preparation 20 min
Cooking 10 min

300 calories per serving 


600 g mussels   40 units
1 tbsp olive oil   15 mL
1/2 clove garlic, minced    
1/4 dried chili peppers, minced   0.1 g
1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced)   130 g
2 tsp Parsley and Garlic Base (Recipe)   10 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    
200 g spaghetti    

Before you start

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


  1. Carefully rinse and brush the mussels to remove any sand. Drain. Discard any mussels that are open and stay open, even after being tapped. Put the mussels in a pot with enough water to bring its height to about 1 cm. Cook over medium heat, covered, about 7 min. All the mussels should be open.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and chili pepper. Cook 1 min with stirring. Add the tomatoes, Parsley and Garlic Base, season with a little salt and pepper, then continue to cook over low heat.
  3. Start cooking the pasta while continuing the sauce preparation.
  4. Take the mussels out of the pot. Filter the liquid through a sieve to remove any bits of shell and sand, then set the liquid aside. Separate the mussels from the shells then discard most of the shells, keeping some as a garnish. Also remove and discard any unopened mussels. Transfer the mussels to the pan with the sauce, add about 1 tablespoon per serving of the reserved liquid, then heat through gently.
  5. Pour the drained spaghetti into the pan, toss well, then serve in the warmed dishes.


Parmesan is not added since the flavour of fish sauces in general does not benefit from the addition of cheese.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (210g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




6 g

10 %

Saturated 1 g
+ Trans 0 g

5 %


25 mg


330 mg

14 %


42 g

14 %


2 g

9 %


1 g


17 g

Vitamin A

10 %

Vitamin C

15 %


4 %


30 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¼ serving
Grain Products: serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ½ serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Copper, Fibre, Omega-3, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Good source of :
Folacin, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Vitamin K, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Iron, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin B12
Diet-related health claims :

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pasta | Shellfish | First courses/Appetizers | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | Heart-healthy | High Iron | Low Saturated Fat | Source of Omega-3 | Italian

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