Here is a recipe that is very easy, quick and delicious, just how we like them here in Mari’s world! It’s for lovers of seafood and in particular mussels, it’s not expensive and it’s impressive too, ideal for a quiet night in or for entertaining.
Serve with a crisp cold white wine
Spaghetti with mussels
Ingredients1 tray of fresh mussels (I found mine in Asda) 1 clove of garlic Extra virgin olive oil Flat leaf parsley – chopped 1 glass of wine – optional but nice Pepper (or hot chilli pepper if you want a kick!) Spaghetti (I used linguine a flatter kind of spaghetti)
I bought a tray of mussels that were already cleaned and had had their shells removed. If you’re using shelled mussels they will need cleaning properly.
Put on a large pan of water, add about a dessert spoon of rock salt ‘un pugno’ and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti or linguine and cook until al dente.
In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the chopped garlic to fry lightly, add the mussels and keep on a low heat, add a glass of wine and allow the liquid to evaporate but keeping the mussels ‘wet’. Add a ladle of salted water from your spaghetti pan if necessary.
Add the chopped parsley at the end so as not to overcook it.
Drain the pasta from the pan and add it to the mussels, toss the lot if you’re clever enough (I’m not) or stir with a wooden spoon to amalgamate well. Grind some fresh pepper over the top or if you want a little heat to your mussels add some hot chilli flakes and mix well.
Serve with fresh bread to be broken at the table and to soak up the juice
This recipe can also be made ‘al rosso’ by adding a tin of chopped tomatoes to the fried garlic