Mussels in Marinara Sauce

Mussels are a staple of southern Italian cooking. I found that no matter what dinner table I sat at or what restaurant we ate at while visiting family in Monte di Procida and Ischia mussels were always part of the meal, either as an appetizer, on bruschetta, on spaghetti in a soup or even on a vegetable side dish. I am surprised I didn’t see it on a dessert. The following  is a simple yet delicious recipe to bring la vita gustosa of Napolitano cooking at your table!

Fresh tomatoesIngredients
24 small fresh mussels
One 25 oz jar 825 MAIN Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguine

Procedure
Place washed debearded mussels in a lidded pot turn on medium while steaming shake pot twice. When mussels are opened take off burner and let cooled. Once cooled, reserve liquid and shuck mussels. Place shucked mussels and mussel water in a heavy large skillet. Add jar of Marinara sauce. (If you don’t mind the shells you can also add the mussels shell and all right to the marinara sauce and the heat will open the mussels and release the liquid into the marinara sauce making a most delicious sauce.) Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts of water to boil with 1/2 teaspoon salt, once boiling add pasta. After 7 minutes drain pasta. Pour pasta back into empty pot adding mussel  sauce and toss together  and serve.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Zuppe di Clams Marinara

Fresh parsleyIngredients:
24 littleneck clams
1 clove chopped garlic
1 Tbl fresh chopped parsley
One 25 oz jar 825 MAIN Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguine

Procedure:
Wash clams and scrub under cold running water with stiff brush. Discard any opened clams. Combine olive oil in saucepan heat. Add clams, still in their shells. Add chop garlic and parsley. Cover and cook 2 min. Add Marinara Sauce and cook 10 min. Bring 2 quarts of water in pot to a boil add, 1/2 teaspoon salt and begin cooking pasta for 7 minutes. Drain pasta and plate. Pour the clam sauce over the pasta and serve.

Prep time:10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Shrimp with Marinara Sauce

Ingredients:
1 lb peeled deveined raw shrimp
One 25 oz jar 825 MAIN Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguini

Procedure:
Bring 2 quarts of water in pot to a boil add, 1 teaspoon salt & begin cooking pasta for 7 minutes. While pasta cooking in large heavy skillet sauté  diced shrimp with  Marinara sauce on medium heat until the shrimp become firm. Don’t overcook or the shrimp will be tough. Drain pasta and return to pot adding shrimp marinara and mix altogether over medium heat and serve.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4