Pasta with Spicy Mussels

Recipe by Kozmic Blues
READY IN: 40mins




  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
  • The following step is optional, but it works really well.
  • After you’ve given the mussels a quick scrub and pulled off any of the beards, place them in a large bowl filled with cold water and several ice cubes.
  • Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water, toss in the squeezed halves, and add the heaping tsp of salt.
  • Allow mussels to sit for about ½ an hour, and they will “spit” out any sand or other stuff that might be inside their shells.
  • (This is an old Neapolitan trick my husband’s mother used for all shellfish).
  • After about ½ hour, drain mussels, give then a quick rinse under come running cold water and set aside while you make the broth.
  • Preheat large skillet over medium heat, and add olive oil.
  • Next add the minced shallots, and sauté for a minute or two.
  • Add the sliced garlic, and crushed red pepper to taste, and sauté for another minute, careful not to let the garlic get too brown.
  • Slowly add the fish stock.
  • (If using wine and stock, add the wine first, bring it up to a boil and then add the fish stock) Let the stock simmer for a few minutes with the shallot and garlic, and then add the diced tomatoes.
  • When sauce comes to a boil, add the mussels to the pan, give then a quick toss, and put the lid on and let stem for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 7 minutes, or until done to your liking.
  • When mussels have all opened, turn off the heat, give them another stir to get all the liquid up from the bottom, add the fresh basil and put the lid back until the pasta is finished.
  • Drain pasta.
  • To Serve: Unless you have an enormous pasta-serving bowl, here’s what I suggest.
  • Add a couple ladles of the cooking broth in the bottom of your serving bowl and add about half of the pasta.
  • Scoop out about half of the mussels with broth and lay over top the pasta until bowl is filled.
  • Add the remaining pasta back into the skillet with the rest of the broth and mussels.