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Linguine with Mussels and Kale

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3/4 pound linguine
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
  • 6 large kale leaves, stems and inner ribs discarded, leaves coarsely chopped


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the linguine until just barely al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the sliced onion, thinly sliced garlic and crushed red pepper and cook over high heat until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the mussels and cook, tossing, until half of them are opened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the coarsely chopped kale leaves and cook, tossing, until wilted, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the linguine and the reserved cooking water and cook, tossing, until the linguine is al dente, the mussels are open and the sauce is thickened, about 2 minutes longer. Discard any unopened mussels. Season the linguine generously with salt. Transfer the linguine to shallow bowls, drizzle each with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and serve at once.
Contributed By Published March 2003

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