Creamy Saffron Pasta With Spinach and Mussels
- Place the mussels in large bowl full of water and ice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and let mussels sit for 1 hour to purge. Rinse mussels in cold running water, pull off any beards and discard, and set mussels aside.
- Bring large pot of water to a boil, and salt it well. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Add spinach to hot water with pasta at last second, stir once to submerge, then drain.
- Meanwhile, in wide braising pan, heat oil and butter over medium heat until melted. Add shallots and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Sweat, stirring often with wooden spoon, until shallots are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add white wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and saffron, cover and increase heat to high, and bring liquid to a boil.
- Add mussels to pot, and lower heat to medium. Cover and simmer until all mussels have opened, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Add drained pasta and spinach, and return to low heat, stirring for 1 minute, until pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and color of the saffron. Remove mussels from shells and stir back into pasta if desired. Serve immediately.