• Linguine With Mussels

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Linguine With Mussels


Gourmet, January 2002


Active time: 35 min Start to finish: 35 min


Makes 2 servings.

2 medium shallots, finely chopped
2 tbsps unsalted butter
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
1 lb cultivated mussels, scrubbed
6 oz dried linguine
3 tbsps heavy cream
3/4 tsp salt

Cooking Instructions
Step 1 Cook shallots in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until shallots are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, bell pepper, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until pepper and celery are just tender, about 4 minutes.
Step 2 Add mussels and cook over moderately high heat, covered, until they just open, 4 to 6 minutes, checking periodically after 4 minutes and transferring mussels as opened to a bowl. (Discard any unopened mussels after 6 minutes.)
Step 3 While sauce is cooking, cook linguine in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup cooking water and drain linguine in a colander.
Step 4 Add linguine to skillet along with cream, salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup pasta cooking water and bring to a simmer. Add mussels and toss carefully, adding more cooking water if pasta seems dry. Serve immediately, sprinkled with parsley.