Sunday 25 February 2018

A twist on a classic - linguine with some extra ‘mussel’!

This classic linguine gets some added ‘punch’ with the addition of delicious Irish mussels!

Packed with flavour, this is a surprisingly simple and quick meal to make.

Mussels make a great addition to this classic dish – they are packed with protein and are a great source of Vitamin B12, zinc, iron and selenium.

The chilli flakes in this dish then add a little extra ‘kick’ without overpowering the other flavours. Go on – flex your mussels!


1kg mussels

2 tablespoon of olive oil

2 shallots, peeled and finely diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

Pinch of chilli flakes

300g linguine

2 tablespooon of chopped flat leaf parsley

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To cook

Place the mussels in a large bowl of cold water. Use a small knife to remove any barnacles and pull away the beard. Discard any mussels that are damaged or won’t close when tapped.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan on a medium heat. Add the shallots, garlic, chilli flakes and cook for 2-3 minutes. They should soften but not brown. Then add the tomatoes and simmer for ten minutes. Taste and season with black pepper and a little salt.

Cook the linguine in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions.

While the pasta is cooking add the prepared mussels to the tomato sauce. Allow the mussels to cook for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time to ensure they cook evenly. Discard any that have not opened.

When the pasta is cooked, drain, saving a couple of tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the saucepan it was cooked in along with the reserved cooking liquid. Pour the mussels and tomato sauce on top of the pasta and mix well. Return the saucepan to a low heat for a couple of minutes to heat through.

Drizzle over some olive oil and sprinkle with the chopped parsley. Serve with a green salad.

Nutritional analysis: Protein 16g; Carbohydrates 65g; Fat 9g; Iron 4.6mg; Energy 382kcal.

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