Monday, 6 June 2011

Linguine with prawns and mussels

I made this from the Two Greedy Italians cookbook last night. Really quick and delicious. To make things even easier, I just used mussels in white wine that you can buy in a vacuum pack at the supermarket. I also added extra chilli to give it more of a kick. Tempted to cook it again tonight!


500g/1lb 2oz mussels
250g/9oz whole raw prawns
6 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
½ red chilli, finely sliced
50ml/2fl oz white wine
1 lemon, juice only
small bunch flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
400g/14oz fresh linguine
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Clean the mussels by scrubbing them in cold water, and removing the beards. If any remain open after tapping them against the side of the work surface, discard them. Peel the prawns, removing the heads but leaving the tails intact.

Heat the olive oil in a large lidded saucepan, and add the garlic and chilli. After a minute or two, add the mussels and the wine. Cover with the lid and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes, or until the mussels open. If any mussels remain closed at the end of cooking, discard them.

Add the prawns and cook for a further 4–5 minutes, then squeeze in the lemon juice. Remove the pan from the heat and add the roughly chopped parsley. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Meanwhile, cook the linguine in lightly salted boiling water for 7-8 minutes, or until al dente. Add the pasta to the pan with the shellfish sauce, mix together well and serve immediately.

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