A variation on the classic dish of spaghetti or linguine with mussels, this is one of Puglia’s traditional seafood dishes and comes from Taranto.
Ingredients (serves 4) :
350 g tubettini rigati
1 kg mussels
200 g tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
First shell the mussels, removing the flesh in one piece. Gently soften the garlic in the hot oil, then add the tomatoes and the filtered water from the mussels. Cook the mixture for about 10 minutes, then add the cleaned mussels and continue cooking on a low heat for a few minutes. Cook the tubettini in plenty of salted water and drain when al dente. Add the pasta to the mussel sauce and continue cooking until ready. Serve with chopped parsley and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.
Tip: The sauce should be pinkish-red and a little watery.
The residents of Taranto and the people who return home for the holidays come together to recall memories, old friendships and the scent of the sea as they enjoy local seafood dishes just like this one.