Spaghetti with Mussels, Lemon, and Shallots

Photo: Johnny Miller
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • Coarse salt

  • 1 pound spaghetti

  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • ¾ cup diced shallots (4 large shallots)

  • 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley stems, plus 1 cup roughly chopped leaves

  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and beards removed

  • ½ lemon, zested and juiced


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 1/2 cups pasta water.

  2. Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat 4 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat; saute shallots, red-pepper flakes, and parsley stems until tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine; cook until liquid is reduced by one-third, about 2 minutes. Add mussels, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and steam until they open, 5 to 6 minutes; discard any that do not open after 6 minutes.

  3. Add pasta to mussels, tossing until well combined. Add pasta water, and continue to toss and cook over medium-high heat until sauce has reduced and coats pasta. Stir in parsley leaves and lemon zest and juice. Stir in remaining oil, and serve immediately.

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