Creamy Saffron Pasta With Spinach and Mussels Recipe

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Creamy Saffron Pasta With Spinach and Mussels
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  1. Place the mussels in large bowl full of water and ice. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and let mussels sit for 1 hour to purge. Rinse mussels in cold running water, pull off any beards and discard, and set mussels aside.
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil, and salt it well. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Add spinach to hot water with pasta at last second, stir once to submerge, then drain.
  3. Meanwhile, in wide braising pan, heat oil and butter over medium heat until melted. Add shallots and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Sweat, stirring often with wooden spoon, until shallots are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Add white wine, and simmer for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and saffron, cover and increase heat to high, and bring liquid to a boil.
  4. Add mussels to pot, and lower heat to medium. Cover and simmer until all mussels have opened, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Add drained pasta and spinach, and return to low heat, stirring for 1 minute, until pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and color of the saffron. Remove mussels from shells and stir back into pasta if desired. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 498.3 Kcal (2086 kJ)
Calories from fat 136.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15.14g 23%
Cholesterol 119.71mg 40%
Sodium 731.78mg 30%
Potassium 1155.56mg 25%
Total Carbs 50.56g 17%
Sugars 5.26g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2.29g 9%
Protein 36.61g 73%
Vitamin C 31.2mg 52%
Iron 11.7mg 65%
Calcium 125.4mg 13%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 102.62 Kcal (430 kJ)
Calories from fat 28.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.12g 23%
Cholesterol 24.65mg 40%
Sodium 150.7mg 30%
Potassium 237.97mg 25%
Total Carbs 10.41g 17%
Sugars 1.08g 21%
Dietary Fiber 0.47g 9%
Protein 7.54g 73%
Vitamin C 6.4mg 52%
Iron 2.4mg 65%
Calcium 25.8mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.8
  • 13

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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