Linguine with Mussels

Linguine with Mussels

by Cristiano Bonino


You might enjoy this recipe in many regions of Italy, above all by the sea. Cristiano Bonino can’t remember a specific person who gave him this recipe, which is the result of conversations with different housewives, sommeliers, chefs and food lovers all over Italy!

 

Ingredients for 4 people:

  • 454 gr (1 lb) of linguine (we recommend a brand that notes "pasta di gragnano" – or the method of extruding with bronze dies and slowly drying… the superior texture and sauce pairing!)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1.5 Tbsp salt
  • 1 kg (2.2 lb) of mussels
  • 2 Tbsp of finely chopped parsley
  • 3 Tbsp of white wine
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp of EVOO
  • 1 pinch of black pepper

 

Directions:

  • Wash the mussels (if needed, pull the "beard" off each one. Also, remember to discard any that are already open)
  • Put the mussels in a pot over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes or until they have all opened and released the water trapped inside (this is your mussel broth)
  • Remove immediately from the stove and drain the mussels keeping the mussel broth (if you like, taste it and dream of the sea!)
  • Filter the broth using a cheese cloth or simply pour it into a bowl (discarding the sediment)
  • Peel and sauté the garlic (either finely minced or whole, your choice) in a pot with 2 Tbsp of EVOO, over medium heat until it lightly browns 
  • Add the wine, broth, parsley and black pepper, cooking down the sauce for 5 minutes 
  • Add the mussels and cook for just a few minutes more, then set aside (Do not overcook the mussels. If in doubt, just taste one) 
  • Bring water to a boil and add salt (the water should taste slightly salty. If not, add salt)
  • Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than is suggested on the package
  • Taste the pasta before draining it to confirm "al dente."
  • Sauté the drained pasta, mussels and the broth for a minute to let all the ingredients combine smoothly

 

Buon appetito!

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