Recipe courtesy of Juliana Malfitano

Spaghetti with Garlic Mussels in Black Olive Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Black Olive Sauce

Garlic Muscles


  1. For the sauce: In a saucepan set over medium heat cook the wine and shallots until the liquid reduces by half. Add the cream and simmer until the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
  2. Place the kalamata olives, oil-cured olives, basil, lemon juice, olive oil, anchovy paste and garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until just smooth, but still a little chunky.
  3. Combine the cream sauce and olive sauce.
  4. For the mussels: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  5. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, cook the garlic in the olive oil until just brown. Add the paprika and pepper flakes. Add the mussels. Add the wine and cook to reduce by half. Add the lemon juice, then cover and cook until the mussels open. Throw away any mussels that don't open. Reserve the mussels and cooking liquid for later use.
  6. While the mussels cook, boil the pasta to al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Stir in the butter, parsley and oregano. Toss the spaghetti with the olive sauce, and then spoon some mussels on top with some of the cooking liquid and serve.