Chilli And Garlic Mussels With Spaghetti

By Catherine at

This is just about the easiest meal ever. It's also a great way to use up tomatoes that might otherwise get tossed out for being too soft. The recipe serves two, or one if you’re a greedy guts like me. Just scale it all up/down for the right numbers


Serves 2

  • 30 mussels (I got the air-packed microwave ones, but fresh are better)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 anchovy fillet (optional, but very much recommended)
  • 250g ripe cherry tomatoes
  • A few basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon chilli flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • 16 black olives
  • Spaghetti


Bring the spaghetti to the boil.

Finely chop the onion and garlic and fry on a low heat in a glug of oil. They should become soft, but not brown if you can manage it. Add in the anchovy fillet, chopped. Cook for a few minutes – the anchovy will start to dissolve.

Cut all of the tomatoes in half and squeeze their juice into the pan, then add the shells to the pan too.

Cook for about 5 minutes until the oil/ tomato/anchovy combo makes a sauce. Add a bit more oil if it’s looking dry. Throw in the chilli and basil then season with salt and pepper if you want (I don’t).

Empty the mussels into the pan and stir them around. (If you’re using microwave ones, don’t cook them first!) Cover them with a lid and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover and remove any mussels which haven’t opened.

Keep the pan off the heat until the pasta is done, then drain the pasta, saving a little bit of the water. Pour the mussels and sauce into the pasta, add olives and toss evenly.

Heat with a lid on for another minute or two, until everything is hot, and serve with basil garnish and bread with oil and balsamic vinegar.

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