- large pinch saffron
The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 3 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 red peppers, seeded and sliced
- 175g fresh or frozen peas
A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…
- 175g fresh or frozen broad beans
A member of the legume family, broad beans are pretty hardy and adaptable - they grow in most…
- 150ml white wine
- 650g fresh mussels
Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…
- 425ml chicken stock
- 400g tagliatelle
- 450g large peeled raw prawns
There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…
- 284ml carton double cream
- large handful chopped fresh parsley
One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…
- lemon wedges, to serve
Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…
Put the saffron in a small bowl and pour over 2 tbsp boiling water. Set aside to infuse. Heat the oil in a large, wide pan, add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes.
Tip in the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add bay leaves and peppers and cook 4-5 minutes more. Stir in peas and broad beans and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and put aside.
Pour wine into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Tip in mussels, cover and cook for 3-5 minutes until mussels open. Discard any that remain closed. Drain over a bowl to catch the liquid. Allow to settle for 5 minutes.
Pour the mussel liquid into the pan with the chicken and veg. Add saffron and chicken stock then cool and chill everything until ready to serve. You can prepare this up to 3 hours ahead.
To serve, cook the tagliatelle as pack instructions. Reheat chicken and simmer for 2 minutes. Add prawns, cook for 1 minute, add cream and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add mussels, parsley and seasoning. Toss to heat through. Drain tagliatelle and add to the sauce. Serve with lemon wedges and fresh crusty bread.