Spaghetti with mussels and basil

Step by step recipe:

  1. 1 hour 4 min.Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #1
    Cook the mussels 'Marinière', then shell them (yes, I know this is a lot of work...).

    Set aside.
  2. 20 min.Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #2
    Pour the mussel cooking juices into a small pan (leave the very bottom, as this always contains some sand). Reduce by 3/4 over high heat.

    Pour in 250 ml liquid cream, pepper generously, but don't add salt at this point, as the cooking juices are generally quite salty. Leave to thicken on low heat.

    Check seasoning.
  3. 8 min.Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #3
    Cook the spaghetti, drain and return to the pan over low heat.
  4. 5 min.Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #4
    Add the shelled mussels, pour in the sauce, add the grated Parmesan and mix well.
  5. 3 min.Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #5
    Finish by scattering with basil leaves (cut small using scissors).
  6. Spaghetti with mussels and basil : Photo of step #6
    Serve immediately.

Remarks:

Be careful when seasoning, as the mussel cooking liquid is generally fairly salty already, so you shouldn't need to add more salt. But add plenty of pepper, and do taste frequently.

And to drink?

Source:

Home made

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