Spaghetti pasta ‘con le cozze’ (with mussels)

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Time 25 Minutes
  • 1.5kg mussels
  • 400g spaghetti pasta
  • 2 cloves garlic, 1 whole and 1 finely chopped
  • 100ml white wine
  • 500g cherry tomatoes – see not in step 4
  • 4 tablespoons (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It
Step 1

Place the mussels in a colander under cold running water. Use a firm brush to scrub the mussels and remove the hairy ‘beard’ by pulling it downwards towards the hinged-end of the mussel shell. Discard any mussel shells that are chipped, broken, or damaged in any way.

Step 2

Place a large pot with water on high heat and bring to the boil. Add the spaghetti pasta and a pinch of salt to the boiling water and cook until ‘al dente’ – refer to the cooking time specified in pasta packet instructions.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat half of the olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the whole garlic clove. Cook without browning the garlic (approximately 1 minute). Add the mussels and pour over the wine. Cook for 5 minutes or until the mussels have opened and wine evaporated. Discard any unopened mussels. Transfer the cooked mussels and any pan juices to a large bowl.

Step 4

Place the remaining olive oil in the frying pan over medium heat. Add the chopped garlic. Cook without browning the garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5 or until the tomatoes are slightly softened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Note: Cherry tomatoes need to be ripe and flavorsome for this recipe. Use quality fresh cherry tomatoes only in the summer months of the year.

Step 5

Drain the pasta. Add the pasta, cooked mussels and cooking juices (from the mussels) to the frying pan and toss well over the heat for 1 minute to soak up lovely flavour. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then remove from the heat. Add the parsley and toss to combine.

Step 6

Divide the Spaghetti pasta ‘con le cozze’ (with mussels) among 4 serving bowls– Buon appetito.

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