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Monday Meal: Spicy Pasta with Mussels

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I really love mussels and I also really love pasta. So, what could be a better partnering than mussels with pasta? 

This is a super easy recipe - the whole thing can be done in the time it takes to boil the pasta. But, it's loaded with flavor, and also some heat from a generous amount of red pepper flakes. Try it! 

Ingredients: 

1 lb. dried pasta (spaghetti or any other pasta shape you like)

1/2 cup olive oil

4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup dry white wine

1 1/2 to 2 lbs. black mussels, debearded and scrubbed

2 Tbs. butter

1 Tbs. red pepper flakes (or less if you want your spaghetti less spicy)

1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley

Salt and black pepper

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Method: 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your pasta a little short of al dente and drain well. The pasta will finish cooking with the mussels. 

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In another large pot or deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic slices and cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes. Don't burn the garlic! 

Add the wine to the pot with the garlic, turn up the heat to high, and bring to a boil. 

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Dump the mussels into the pot and cook, tossing or stirring occasionally, until the mussels have all opened, about 4-5 minutes. Discard any mussels that don't open. 

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Toss the pasta into the pan with the mussels. 

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Add the butter, chili flakes and parsley and mix well with the pasta and mussels. 

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Add salt and/or pepper to taste, if needed. 

Serve immediately. 

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Photos by Ted Scheffler

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