Spaghetti with mussels and basil

Spaghetti with mussels and basil
Mussels and pasta cooked separately, then combined in a cream sauce made with the reduced mussel juices.
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Last modified on: September 14th 2011

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

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
Spaghetti with mussels and basil
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.

Stage 3 - 8 min.
Spaghetti with mussels and basil
Cook the spaghetti, drain and return to the pan over low heat.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Spaghetti with mussels and basil
Add the shelled mussels, pour in the sauce, add the grated Parmesan and mix well.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
Spaghetti with mussels and basil
Finish by scattering with basil leaves (cut small using scissors).

Stage 6
Spaghetti with mussels and basil
Serve immediately.
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?
1 or 2 days in the fridge in a sealed container. Can be reheated gently.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,227 Kcal or 17,698 Kj237 gr514 gr136 gr
211 %91 %48 %21 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
216 Kcal or 904 Kj12 gr26 gr7 gr
11 %5 %2 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
705 Kcal or 2,952 Kj40 gr86 gr23 gr
35 %15 %8 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Mollusc, Sulfites, Milk, Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 8.25 €
  • Per person : 1.38 €

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