As winter knocks on our door and the last of the tomatoes and basil fade, I felt it was time for some vibrant, flavoursome seafood! This dish is a firm favourite of mine and green lipped mussels with chorizo works so well…
Serves 4 – 6
300g spaghetti pasta
2 tablespoons of olive oil
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 large Spanish chorizo sausages, sliced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 cup of chicken stock
Juice one lemon
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
16-20 fresh mussels
2 large tablespoons of crème fraiche or sour cream
A good handful of fresh Italian parsley, chopped
A good handful of fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Place the tomatoes on a baking paper lined tray, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven for 30 minutes, they should be a deeper red colour and the skin should be starting to blacken. Set aside.
Cook the pasta in a large saucepan according to the instructions on the packet. Drain.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large frypan and fry the chorizo until golden brown, remove from pan and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook over a low heat until soft – about 10 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and the lemon juice to the pan and bring to the boil.
Scrub the mussels well and de-beard the mussels. Add the mussels to the pan and place the lid on Leave for about 3 minutes and check to see if the shells have opened, if not they may need another minute. Remove the mussels and set aside discarding any unopened ones. Add the, parsley, basil, chorizo, tomatoes and crème fraiche and stir through. Season with salt and pepper. On a large platter place the cooked spaghetti and mussels in their shells, add the mixture of all the other ingredients, garnish with more parsley and basil. Serve with lemon cheeks.