Fettuccine with Mussels, Chorizo, and Lemon Butter

By Riley Wofford
February 6, 2015
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Author Notes: Fettuccine pasta tossed with white wine-steamed mussels, spicy chorizo, and lemon parsley butter and drizzled with chorizo oil. Riley Wofford

Serves: 4

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, diced
  • 2 pounds mussels, beards trimmed and cleaned
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 pound fettuccine pasta
  • 6 ounces chorizo sausage, skinned and thinly sliced
  1. Stir together the butter, lemon zest, and parsley in a small bowl to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until softened. Add the mussels, white wine, and thyme, cover the pan, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until the mussels open. Let the mussels cool slightly, then remove from the shells. Reserve a few shells for garnish and discard the rest.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chorizo and remaining tablespoon of olive oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until the sausage is warmed through. Transfer the chorizo oil to a small bowl and set aside.
  5. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet, along with the mussels and lemon butter, and toss to combine. Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl and drizzle with the chorizo oil.

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