Pasta with mussels and cream sauce recipe

By Felisa Rogers

Published August 6, 2011 1:01PM (EDT)


  • 8 oz. fettuccini (cooked al dente)
  • Parmesan cheese and pepper
  • Group 1

    • 30-40 mussels
    • 1 cup water
    • ½ cup white wine

    Group 2

    • 1 cup oyster mushrooms
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 2 green onions
    • 3 tablespoon white wine
    • Mussels (sans shell)
    • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley

    Group 3

    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1½ tablespoons flour
    • ½ cup half and half
    • ¼ cup stock
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ½ lemon


Phase 1

  1. Rinse mussels and steam in mixture of water and white wine. When shells open, turn off heat.
  2. When mussels are cool enough to handle, remove meat from shells and use kitchen scissors to snip bysall threads from mussels. Put mussels in a bowl and set it aside.

Phase 2

  1. In a dry cast iron pan, cook oyster mushrooms over medium heat until liquid disappears. Turn down heat and add butter.
  2. When butter melts, add garlic and onions. Cook for one minute. Add 2 spoonfuls of wine and cook until wine is absorbed.
  3. Add last spoonful of wine, and the parsley and mussels. Cook until mussels are hot. Set aside, covered.

Phase 3

  1. Heat a small, thick-bottomed pan over a medium-low flame. Add butter. When butter is melted, add flour. Stir flour and butter for 2 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat milk and stock until it boils. Stir. Add salt. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour liquid into roux and stir. When mixture begins to bubble, add lemon juice and remove from flame.

To serve

  1. Pour cream sauce over pasta and top with mussels and mushrooms. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pepper.

Felisa Rogers

Felisa Rogers studied history and nonfiction writing at the Evergreen State College and went on to teach writing to kids for five years. She lives in Oregon’s coast range, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.

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