Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Yield
Serves 4

Fra diavolo means "brother devil" in Italian and refers to a spicy, tomato-based sauce. Here we use store-bought marinara that's jazzed up with fresh fennel, crushed red pepper, and garlic.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3/4 cup pasta water.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add fennel and onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic, pepper, and salt; sauté 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add reserved pasta water and marinara to pan; cook 1 minute. Add mussels; cover and cook 3 minutes or until shells open. Discard any unopened shells. Place 1 cup pasta in each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with about 1 1/2 cups mussels mixture. Sprinkle evenly with parsley.

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