If you've got a half an hour to spare, you can make time this Monday evening to have an epicurean feast with your loved ones. Impress them with a modern twist on the old Italian standby, linguine with clams. Switch up the traditional marinara sauce with a roasted red pepper purée, and use leftover mussels for a familiar replacement to clams. Serve with al dente pasta and a glass of Italian white, and you'll be looking at the new family favorite when you
Two 9-ounce packages fresh linguine
One 12- to 16-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained and halved
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup dry white wine
One 14.5-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
36 mussels (about 2 pounds), debearded
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente.
- While the pasta is working, using a food processor, puree the roasted peppers.
- In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the wine and reduce for about a minute, then stir in the pureed peppers and the tomatoes; season to taste with salt and black pepper. Add the mussels to the pan, cover tightly and cook until the shells open, about 5 minutes (discard any unopened mussels).
- Divide the mussels among 4 large, shallow bowls and spoon a little sauce on top. Using tongs, transfer the cooked pasta from its water to the sauce in the skillet and toss to coat. Pile the pasta alongside the mussels.
- Main Dishes, Shellfish