Mussels in Spaghetti Sauce with Linguini

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Mussels in Spaghetti Sauce with Linguini
serves 6-8

Ingredients:
4 lbs. mussels, scrubbed & debearded
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, diced thin
2 lemons, sliced thin
2 28 oz. cans San Marzano tomatoes, crushed
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 c. red wine
1 1/2 tbsp. oregano
1 1/2 tbsp. basil
1/8 tsp. red pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 lbs. linguini fini
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
parsley

Directions:
Scrub mussels well in cold water, changing water several times to remove all sand – the little tuft of hair is easily removed by pulling it out and discarding it (this is called “debearding” the mussels).

Steam mussels until shells open then set aside. Saute onion and garlic in oil in 6-quart pot.  When onions are golden and soft, add lemon slices, tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, oregano, basil, peppers and salt.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes.  Then simmer uncovered until sauce thickens.

Add cooled mussels to sauce.  Cover and cook over medium to high heat just long enough to heat mussels.  While mussels are being heated, cook linguini according to directions and toss with 2 tbsp. olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking. Cover linguini with mussels and spaghetti sauce. sprinkle parsley. Serve while hot.

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