Pasta with chorizo and mussels

Pasta with chorizo and mussels, from Jose Pizarro's Spanish Flavours, is a hearty dish with lots of flavour
Pasta with chorizo and mussels
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: medium


  • 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp dried red chilli flakes
  • 400 g skinned and chopped tomatoes, either fresh or canned
  • 400 g dried spaghetti
  • 1 kg fresh mussels, washed and debearded
  • 6 tbsp dry white wine
  • 200 g cooking chorizo sausages, skinned and diced
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Tips and Suggestions

When cooking with mussels, make sure you discard any that are open and wont close when tapped on a work surface and any mussels that don't open after you've cooked them too


1. Put 4 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic and chillies in a large frying pan or saucepan and place it over a medium-high heat. As soon as the garlic is sizzling, add the tomatoes and simmer gently for 15 minutes until well reduced, quite thick and just starting to stick to the bottom of the pan.

2. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of well-salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook for 1011 minutes so that the pasta still has a little bite.

3. Heat another large pan over a high heat, add the mussels and the wine, cover and cook for 23 minutes, shaking the pan now and then, until all the mussels are only just open. Take care not to overcook them at this stage. Tip them into a colander placed over a bowl to collect the cooking juices.

4. Stir all but the last tablespoon or two of the cooking liquid into the tomato sauce and continue to simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened once more, but is a little more moist than before. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove half of the larger mussels from their shells.

5. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan, add the chorizo and fry gently for 1 minute until lightly golden. Drain the spaghetti, return to the pan and add the tomato sauce, cooked mussels, chorizo sausage and chopped parsley. Toss well together and serve.

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