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Bucatini cacio e pepe with mussels

by Ada Parisi
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Bucatini cacio e pepe with mussels. Quick pasta dish, tasty, with very few ingredients and very, very cheap? Try these bucatini cacio e pepe with mussels. Is’ the Apulian tradition to teach us that mussels and pecorino marry wonderfully, so why not enrich a first characteristic of Capital, the cacio e pepe, with this good clam, pulposus and cheap? A little’ parsley and the dish is ready: creamy, savory, truly exquisite. I recommend, do not put salt in the water the mussels and pecorino pasta because there's already plenty of flavor. If you like mussels I recommend you try even spaghetti with mussels Sicilian, a first plate with a unique taste or, If you want to eat mussels but remain light, the legendary peppered mussels to Messina (But if you use pounds of bread to do the 'shoe’ the result does not change, let this be known) or the delicious mussels au gratin.


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


800 grams of mussels

360 g of bucatini or other long pasta

a bunch of parsley, leaves and stems

2 cloves of garlic

100 grams of grated pecorino romano Pdo

salt and pepper, to taste

extra virgin olive oil as required


Thoroughly clean the mussels (If you have bought them already cleaned). Keep the stems of parsley and finely chop the leaves. Put the oil in a large saucepan, the parsley stems and the garlic in the shirt and make them sauté for a minute, then add the mussels and half of the chopped parsley and cook covered over medium heat, stirring occasionally molluscs, until the mussels have opened (throw away any that remain closed).

Remove the mussels from the shells and set aside, then strain the cooking liquid through a strainer thick mesh. Boil the bucatini or long pasta you've chosen in plenty of unsalted water and drain them al dente because we will finish cooking pan-mantecandoli.

Put mussel cooking water in the pan, add the bucatini and cook them with mussel water until it has thickened slightly, so far from the heat, add the cheese and lots of black pepper and stir the pasta until it is formed a cream. Add the mussels and the remaining chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

MATCHING: Pecorino cheese, garlic, papá: ingredients that invoke a wine with intense aromas and decided. We suggest a white of Etna, produced in Las Vegas from the cellar Graci, with Carricante grape: we suggest theEtna bianco Doc 2011, intense aromas of citrus and white flowers, good minerality and sapidity, smooth taste and persistent.

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Michele 5 July 2020 - 14:58

Hi Ada, I tried to make this paste and it's surprisingly good! And so thank you for the recipe. Maybe I did something wrong because the pecorino got liquefied, I used the technique of cacio and pepper preparing a 'pasta’ pecorino cheese (made with mussel water) that just put in mantecture has melted… what a mistake I made? Thanks

Ada Parisi 5 July 2020 - 16:36

Hi Michele, Thanks. It's very good, you have to be careful only of salt, which of course is in both mussels and pecorino cheese. It melted in the sense that it became racy? If so the error can be the temperature: you've mashed the pasta in the pan still very hot?

Paul 2 September 2017 - 10:10

Dear Ada,
from what I can tell, the recipe is Roman, more precisely in Anzio.

Ada Parisi 4 September 2017 - 20:52

I confess honestly don't know where to start this recipe. I've eaten in Sicily and many times in Puglia. Anzio ever, but of course this doesn't mean anything. Have a good evening!

Ana. June 20, 2014 - 18:48

Después de unas cuantas leerte recetas de pasta, No me queda otra que felicitarte, de esas que consiguen que babees sin parar.
Te felicito, buenisimas recetas!

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 21, 2014 - 15:25

Ana! Gracias! Espero que usted car a seguir esto blog! Buenas dias y good domingo! ADA

Simona June 16, 2014 - 09:28

I must say it is a pairing dramas! The are also used in some seafood restaurants here in Rome and it is divine…

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 16, 2014 - 11:37

Thank You Simona! It means that soon we'll test it together! ADA

Victoria Stan (vicaincucina) June 14, 2014 - 23:47

how wonderful Ada…
but I just love the mussels and I love cheese!
baby want me dead?
I have no words
to do.

Sicilians creative in the kitchen June 15, 2014 - 13:00

Victoria no for nothing! Survive, prepare it and eat it! A hug and good Sunday!!! ADA


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