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Recipe

Linguine with Mussels and Smoked Paprika

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Shellfish and pasta are always great companions. A touch of sherry and burst of smoky paprika give this dish a Spanish flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. mussels, cleaned
  • 2 Tbs. amontillado sherry
  • Kosher salt
  • 12 oz. linguine
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tsp. sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 700
      Fat Calories (kcal): 200
      Fat (g): 23
      Saturated Fat (g): 6
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
      Cholesterol (mg): 85
      Sodium (mg): 1160
      Carbohydrates (g): 79
      Fiber (g): 6
      Protein (g): 41

Preparation

  • In a 6- to 8-quart pot, steam open the mussels with the sherry over high heat, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mussels to a large bowl, and carefully pour the liquid into a small bowl.
  • In the same pot, bring well-salted water to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a 2-quart saucepan, heat the oil and garlic over medium-high heat until the garlic has softened, about 2 minutes. Add the paprika, swirl to mix, and cook for 30 seconds to toast the paprika. Add the tomatoes and mussel-cooking liquid, and simmer to reduce the sauce slightly, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and swirl in the cream.
  • Boil the pasta for 1 minute less than package directions for al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, and then drain the pasta. Return 1/4 cup of the reserved water and the pasta to the pot and add the tomato sauce. Toss to combine and cook over high heat to finish the pasta, about 2 minutes. Add the mussels and parsley and toss until the mussels are heated through. Add more pasta water, as needed, to loosen the sauce. Season to taste with salt.
  • Serve with the lemon wedges on the side.

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  • SeeBeth | 01/26/2015

    So very yum. Even hubby, who is a die-hard mussels-with-white-wine-and-garlic kinda guy, gave this a 4.5 star rating, which he rounded up to 5 when I informed him half stars were a no-go. I might back off a smidgen on the smoked paprika, but otherwise absolutely stellar as published. Oh, and did I mention EASY?!!

  • SeeBeth | 01/26/2015

    So very yum. Even hubby, who is a die-hard mussels-with-white-wine-and-garlic kinda guy, gave this a 4.5 star rating, which he rounded up to 5 when I informed him half stars were a no-go. I might back off a smidgen on the smoked paprika, but otherwise absolutely stellar as published. Oh, and did I mention EASY?!!

  • SeeBeth | 01/26/2015

    So very yum. Even hubby, who is a die-hard mussels-with-white-wine-and-garlic kinda guy, gave this a 4.5 star rating, which he rounded up to 5 when I informed him half stars were a no-go. I might back off a smidgen on the smoked paprika, but otherwise absolutely stellar as published. Oh, and did I mention EASY?!!

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