Tagliatelle with mussels & crème fraîche

Tagliatelle with mussels & crème fraîche

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(17 ratings)

Ready in 25 minutes


Serves 4
A simple-but-special main course, it's meat-free and perfect for a Friday night

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal758
  • fat42g
  • saturates23g
  • carbs71g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein22g
  • salt4.07g
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  • 300g dried tagliatelle
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 2 x 500g or 1lb 2oz packs mussels in garlic butter sauce



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • good handful flat leaf parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped tarragon



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…


  1. Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta. Fry the onion in the oil for 10 mins until softened and starting to colour. Pour in the wine, turn up the heat and let it bubble away until it reduces.

  2. Boil the pasta for 10 mins. Add crème fraîche to the onions, bring to the boil, tip in the mussels and cook for 5 mins until open (discard any that don’t). Drain the pasta, return to the pan and tip in the mussel mixture. Toss with the herbs and serve.

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1st Oct, 2014
Erm... Meat free? What about the mussels?
3rd Jun, 2013
Disappointed. Liked the sauce, but maybe mussels just aren't for me.
19th May, 2012
Made, liked, would perhaps try without the tarragon, although I did use dried and the recipe calls for fresh.
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11th Jun, 2011
This recipe is so so tasty and must be one of the most simple recipes to do. We added a small freah chilli, which just gave it a very small kick without losing all those fab flavors. Also added some king praws which works very well. Try it and see!!! Yuuuummmmyyy
23rd Mar, 2011
This is very tasty and very simple. Loved it.
19th Jan, 2011
Nice and easy to make. I used a mixed seafood selection which we enjoyed.
7th Jan, 2011
I've made this loads of times, last few times making it with a bag of frozen Tesco seafood mix. Fantastic, added a little garlic with the onion. A winner in my family!
28th Jul, 2010
The recipe asks for mussels in a garlic butter sauce but I can't find this anywhere? Did everyone else use mussels in garlic butter or is there some way to substitute it with plain mussels?
12th May, 2010
This went down a treat. Used 500g frozen mussels and some frozen prawns with spaghetti. Didn't defrost first so cooking time was a bit longer. Lot's of flavour while not too heavy on the palette. Agree with lotte123 about the danger of 2 people troughing the whole lot in one go!
13th Oct, 2009
Tasty but does need an extra bit of zing! Capers and lemon juice as suggested by Sarah would definitely do the trick.


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