Tuesday 10 November 2015

Orecchiette fresh pasta with zucchini flowers, mussels and saffron

10 minutes to prepare minutes to cook Serves 4



Today we present you an amazing first course dish: saffron-flavoured mussels and zucchini flowers fresh pasta, a spicy and very special combination. This sauce is rich in taste, and - at the same time - a perfect dish to be prepared if you are in a hurry.
The recipe is easy and also available in a lighter version for those who want to limit the calorie count: it is enough to reduce the amount of EVO oil and pasta.

According to the tradition, mussels are better during the months without the " R ", from May to August, as molluscs are less tasty during the breeding season...of course now it is late to be too pedantic, some compromise is needed. I thus used frozen ones, I will try to remember this recipe as soon as "R" disappears again!

Here's what you will need for the 4-serving recipe:

400 g Orecchiette fresh pasta
500 g frozen mussels, already cleaned
1 clove garlic
10 zucchini flowers
1 sachet saffron powder
100 ml white wine
1 sprig parsley
EVO oil

      1. To prepare the orecchiette pasta with zucchini flowers and mussels, start by cooking mussels: put them in a large pan with 3 tablespoons of EVO oil, garlic, chopped parsley and white wine. Let them to braise over medium heat, then take them off and cover with a lid. Be careful not to make the water produced while cooking to reduce too much: it will become the basis for our sauce!
      2. Boil water in a pot, add salt and once started to bubble, pour the orecchiette fresh pasta. Follow the time instructions reported on the package: usually fresh pasta is ready in about 5 minutes
      3. Meanwhile, add to the pan with mussels the saffron and cook over medium heat. When the water evaporates, add the zucchini flowers - washed and chopped-
      4. Drain the pasta, add it to the mussels sauce and stir over high heat for a few minutes to flavor the orecchiette; if pasta looks dry, add some cooking water. Then, turn off the heat and add chopped parsley
      Your orecchiette are ready to make you happy!

        In the following, Nutrition Facts of this dish are indicated. Data is provided per serving.

        L'amour des moules*

        *Mussels in love

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