This mussels with pasta recipe is a quick and delicious. It is any easy meal to prepare and cook.

Ingredients below are for two people but you can easily scale up the quantities for more lucky people

Ingredients For Mussels With Pasta

1kg mussels from Walter Purkis & Sons
200g dry tagliatelle, linguine or spaghetti
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
200ml dry white wine
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
100ml double cream or crème fraiche
Salt and pepper to taste

How To Prepare Mussels

Lots of people are not sure how to prepare different types of shellfish. Here is our guide for cleaning mussels. It is quite an easy process, all that is required is to wash, scrub and debeard the mussels. (The “Beards” are small brown threads that can be found sticking out from the joint between the two shell halves. The are the remains of the animals tethering system that attaches it to a rock or other underwater surface. Pull the beard hard towards the hinge or more pointed end of the mussel. Remove it completely and throw away.)

While you are cleaning look for any open shells, if you find one tap it on your work top – any that do not close when tapped should be discarded. If you are not ready to cook right away put the cleaned mussels in a fresh bowl of cold water until ready to use. You might want to change this water to remove any salt or sand that comes out of the mussels.

Cooking Method For Mussels Recipe

Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions, drain, put to one side and keep warm.

Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Fry over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, until softened (do not allow the onions to colour).

Increase the heat, add the wine and mussels, season with salt and pepper, cover and steam for 2-5 minutes. Discard any that do not open. The shells in each dish looks attractive however there will probably be too many shells crowding the dish so do take a few out returning the plump interiors to the sauce.

Add the cream or crème fraiche and shake to combine with the mussels. Add the pasta and toss through to combine with the cream sauce.

Dish up the pasta and mussels between the  bowls. Garnish with the chopped parsley and serve immediately.

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This mussels with pasta recipe and image credits are from Seafish. More recipes on the Love Seafood website.