Linguine with mussels and tomato

March 30, 2012

Linguine, sometimes misspelled as Linguini, is part of the Italian culinary cuisine which is also part of the Mediterranean cuisine. The Mediterranean diet has its roots in all the Mediterranean countries and the Mediterranean recipes use ingredients that are found in the Mediterranean diet pyramid.

Linguine is a form of pasta which originated in Italy, Genoa and Liguria, and its name in literal terms means ‘’little tongues’’. It is wider than spaghetti and it served with seafood. In this recipe we will combine seafood, mussels, with tomatoes giving a unique Med diet culinary recipe. In addition we will use some of the basic components of the Mediterranean diet like olive oil.

Mussels are a kind of shell fish low in calories and fat but rich in proteins and vitamins. They are rich in vitamin B, C and B12 which is essential and beneficial for the nervous system. Mussels are also rich is omega-3 fatty acids.

The recipe that will be provided is for 6 servings.


2 lbs of mussels

½ cup of white dry wine

3 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion finely cut

2 cloves of grated garlic

6 finely cut peeled tomatoes of average size

1 lb package of linguine

Salt, pepper and finely cut parsley



Clean up the mussels by rinsing them under running water. Make sure that you throw away any bad ones. Put the mussels in a casserole.  Warm the wine with two tbsp of the finely cut onion.  When the wine boils throw it in the mussels. Cover the casserole and let the mussels for 3-4 minutes to open up by shaking the casserole 2-3 times so that the bottom mussels would come up. Drain and save the sauce. Throw away any mussels that have not opened up. Peel up the rest by keeping some with their shell for the decoration part.

Warm up the olive oil in the casserole and sauté in the casserole the remaining of the onions until they get the nice light red color. Add the garlic and the sauce from the mussels. You warm it up and then put in the tomatoes and salt and pepper. Keep the sauce on a low fire till the sauce thickens, stirring from time to time.

In the mean time you cook the linguine in water by adding salt and a tbsp of olive oil. When the sauce is ready you throw in the mussels and let for 1-2 mins more so that they get warm, drain the linguine and pour the sauce on top, Garnish with the parsley.

Enjoy your healthy Mediterranean diet linguine with white or red dry wine.

Bon appetite!

Andrea Aurelio
About the author

Andrea Aurelio adopted the Mediterranean diet and the Mediterranean way of living after evaluating a series of diets and realizing that the Mediterranean diet is a proven diet and the best way to adopt a healthy lifestyle. You can connect with him on Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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