Spaghetti with mussels

spaghetti with musselsHere 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


1 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.

Asda mussels

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.

un pugno di sale

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.

spaghetti with mussels

Add the chopped parsley at the end so as not to overcook it.

spaghetti and mussels cooking

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.

Spaghetti with mussels

Serve with fresh bread to be broken at the table and to soak up the juice

spaghetti with mussels



This recipe can also be made ‘al rosso’ by adding a tin of chopped tomatoes to the fried garlic


  1. Domestic Disgrace
    December 1, 2012 / 11:16 PM

    I bow down to you…don’t think I’ll ever be able to be a Great British Housewife!! Trying though :)

    • December 1, 2012 / 11:39 PM

      It’s very tongue in cheek the GB housewife. I’m one in a million and proud x

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