Olive Garden Copy Cat Mussels di Napoli

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Welcome to our first of what I hope to be MANY “Whatcha Cookin Wednesday”.  I will start off by giving you a recipe, and then invite you to link up on the linky below.

Mussels di Napoli for your Kids?!?

A trip to Olive Garden with my kids is not complete without Mussels di Napoli.  To watch them tear into a plate, leaving only shells, is an amazing sight to see when the tables around us can barely get their kids to eat pasta with butter and cheese.  But, as anything is when you go out, Mussels di Napoli is more expensive than if you make them at home.  I set out to make this wonderful dish and see just how much I could save.

2 Servings of Mussels di Napoli for $7.83!

When we go to Olive Garden, a single plate of Mussels di Napoli is $9.75.  By making it at home, I can make the equivalent of 2 plates for $7.83 and have very happy children.  Plus, I have leftover white wine.  What can be better?

Mussels di Napoli ~ So Simple to Make!

The trick with mussels is to put them in a bowl of cool water and swish them around to move all the sand out of them.  Scrub the shells well with a brush to get any dirt and seaweed off.  Don’t worry about the hard white creatures stuck to the outside of the shell.  They are harmless.  Once your mussels are clean, place them in a bowl for a few minutes until you are ready to make your Mussels di Napoli.

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Mussels di Napoli

Mussels di Napoli


  • 2 lb mussels, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1 C dry white wine
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) butter, cubed
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, sliced in wedges


  1. Place the cleaned mussels in a deep saute pan and arrange so the lid can be placed on top.
  2. Pour in wine, cubed butter, garlic, and pepper flakes.
  3. Cover and heat pan to medium high.
  4. When the majority of the mussels are open, they are ready.
  5. Serve in a big bowl with slices of lemon.

Mussels di Napoli for Parties

Mussels di Napoli make a great appetizer for dinner parties.  So simple to make, you can have everything ready to go and drop them in the pan.  Three minutes later, a dish fit for company.  It’s the simplest dish that you can make and your company will be impressed at your skill, thinking that it’s a difficult dish to make.

Next time you get hungry for Olive Garden Mussels di Napoli, make them at home and save some money!

Now it is your turn.  Link up below.  Since this is our first week, there are no recipes for me to feature.  But I will begin featuring some of my favorite recipes from the ones on the Linky next week.  So, here are some rules:

  1. If you would like to be featured, please make sure you have my button somewhere on the page your are linking below.  If you don’t, you will be passed over for feature.
  2. Please don’t link the same recipe over and over.  Let’s keep this fresh.
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  1. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  2. Rossella says:

    No, please, don’t use butter on the mussels. Just olive oil.

    • My husband’s Sicilian family would agree with you. But I am from Louisiana…we use butter on all seafood.

  3. Hi there, I’m new to your blog. I found you over at couponing & cooking. I just tried craw fish for the first time and figured while I was on a “sea food kick” I would check out your mussels too. Thanks for sharing/ hosting :)

  4. I absolutely ♥ mussels. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipe! And also, thank you for inviting me. I’m going to add you to my Link Party list so I don’t miss a week.

  5. oh yes, and I’m a new follower and fb liked too :)
    Won’t you come on over and say hello on my website too? http://christinescozycorner.ca/

  6. Hey there! thanks so much for hosting a party! and I Love it that you’re a new party too! :) I’ll be back, have a great rest of the week <3


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