I’m not sure who decided that a pound of mussels was a single serving, but this week’s dish proves it to be a generous calculation. I halved the recipe and was able to feed five people. Granted, we ate it with some lovely spinach rice pasta from Tinkyada and some even lovelier bread from one of my favourite bakeries, so I guess that helped stretch the portions. Regardless, we were all well-satisfied with the meal.
I’d spent the day with my nieces, providing a little back up as they attempted their first Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. They succeeded brilliantly, I must say – the chocolate truffle tart they made was a fantastic finish to our meal.
It was a great way to spend the day. Earlier, my mother shared the kitchen with us as she made a creamy lentil soup for our lunch. I provided troubleshooting advice and a little bit of hands on help for the girls as they worked their way through the stages of their tart construction. I also got them started on their first blog post, then left them together, side by side, as they chose and edited their photos and wrote the text.
Later on, I started working on the mussels and chorizo pasta. This is one of those recipes where more time is taken in preparation than in the actual cooking. Chopping the vegetables, frying the chorizo, and debearding the mussels were the difficult parts of this recipe. Which is to say, there weren’t really any difficult parts. In fact, cooking the pasta – a completely hands off task – was the one thing I had to budget time for.
So, just when the truffle tart came out of the oven, I put the pasta on and by the time it was cooked, everything was ready to go into another pot for the main event. The total cooking time is about 15 minutes, from cooking down the vegetables to steaming the mussels. It’s hard to believe a meal this impressive is quick enough for a weeknight dinner.
I hadn’t cooked mussels before, but I’m definitely over that apprehension now. I’m also looking forward to baking and cooking again with family, soon.
You can find many other blogged descriptions of this week’s FFWD recipe here: Mussels and Chorizo With or Without Pasta
32 thoughts on “FFWD – Mussels and Chorizo With or Without Pasta”
Does that mean your nieces are working on your TWD post? How fun!
Four pounds of mussels were definitely enough to feed a small army (I had mine for lunches three days and finally gave up when I was sick of eating it…)
Have a great weekend! And see you on Tuesday.
Yes, they are – it was a great day and I thought they did a wonderful job! Hope your weekend was great, too.
Teresa, Your photos are lovely! They show off your perfect looking dinner! I actually halved my mussels because there were only two of us eating. I had no mussels leftover…my husband is a huge fan! I didn’t make pasta I served mine with crusty bread.
Thanks, Kathy! This was a really amazing meal. My partner is the same as your husband about mussels, but missed out because he has the flu (which I unfortunately passed on to him), so I’m going to be making this again soon for him to enjoy. Bread is a must for this isn’t it? Even when you serve it with pasta!
Your photos are seriously making me crave a bowl of these mussels, everything looks delicious! I will have to make these very soon! Can’t wait to see the chocolate tarts;-)
Thanks, Patty! I think you’ll love the job the girls did with the TwD recipe.
It will be so much fun to cook/bake with your nieces. Lifelong memories will be made as well as kitchen skills, blogging skills, etc. My most fun with these cooking/blogging experiences is involving family. Two of my daughters are also doing TWD and sometimes my grandkiddies come to help me, and usually someone comes to eat with me…lots of tasters. Totally the best!!! Your mussels look fabulous and so do your photos.
It’s really great spending time with them and having projects to do. I love how involved your family is with your French Fridays/TwD adventures – it’s so much fun to read about.
I’m working on the TWD post this weekend, any suggestions? How fun to share this with your nieces and family! That is a great memory for all. The mussels and photos are terrific.
Thanks, Christy! I’ll head over to your blog for the truffle tartlets comment. 🙂
What a wonderful family cook day! I’ve been enjoying my family so much lately, to cook with them would be a dream! Love your pictures too.
Thanks, Allison – it really was wonderful and ending it by sharing food is, of course, a great way to bond.
Happy to hear that you enjoyed this one. I have always used the 1 pound of mussels per person rule before and this is the first time I had leftovers. I think the rule assumes that you will need to throw some away both before and after cooking. It also assumes that the recipe is a basic one, with only a simple white wine broth & some bread, no pasta or bulky sausage or other sides. I kind of forgot that little detail when I ordered my mussels this time and ended up with leftovers. Oh well, they were tasty anyway.
I only had to discard one mussel, so that probably accounts for some of it. And I agree, they were so tasty!
I really enjoyed these but I will have to do it again as I think it would have been so much better had I arranged for someone to make me a chocolate truffle tart to go with.
I think that’s the best course of action, really. So you can have the full experience.
I agree about the generous serving portion. I made 4 pounds for two people, planning on leftovers. We ate it for dinner twice and lunch twice. This was a wonderful meal, and the chocolate truffle tart sounds like a delicious way to end it.
I don’t think I’d say no to leftovers of this dish. The truffle tart was lovely and the girls were really pleased at how well it turned out.
What a great day spent with family. I love the big chunks of bread in the bowl. This was such a simple comforting meal.
Yes, it was. The bread was necessary (and delicious) – there was so much lovely broth, the pasta needed some help.
It looks delicious! And it sounds like you had a perfect day in the kitchen. I am looking forward to reading your nieces’ post about the chocolate truffle tart on Tuesday. What a great dessert for this impressive dish.
Thanks, Elaine, it really was the perfect day. I’ve seen their draft post and I think you’ll enjoy it. (The privileges of aunt-hood.)
The truffle tart sounds amazing! We loved the mussels, but I agree that there were a lot!
Not that I’m complaining – they were so good, I wouldn’t have minded if there’d been leftovers!
Your day sounds sublime. It makes me want to eat and explore…
Yes, the one pound of mussels I bought was enough for 2 dinners for me! And I just made my truffle tarts this afternoon…hope I can photograph them before the boys dig in 🙂
Thanks, Julie and Liz! Looking forward to seeing your truffle tarts, too, Liz – your presentation is always beautiful.
What a great way to spend time with family. It was so nice to see how you mentored the young cooks from baking to blogging! Great mussels recipe and I’m glad that you also got over your apprehension about preparing mussels.
What a great day with your family! I love cooking with my nieces! Now I have to go see how their tarts turned out!
I thought this was a good recipe too – and want to try it again, when I can conveniently find some more mussels! So happy that you enjoyed it. Your photos look gorgeous as always too!!
I love cooking with my family also! Your mussels look great! The chocolate tart from TwD was also super yummy!
Sounds like a lovely day of food and family!