Spicy Spanish Spaghetti with Sausage and Mussels Recipe

Taking flavor inspiration from a Spanish paella, this spaghetti with sausage and mussels dish is a festive meal for entertaining.


  1. Scrub mussels if needed and remove any beards. Discard any mussels with cracked shells and any that do not close when tapped; set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven or large saucepan set over medium-high heat; cook sausage, onion, roasted pepper, garlic and smoked paprika for 2 to 3 minutes or until sausage starts to brown. Stir in tomato paste; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in wine and stir in saffron threads; simmer for about 5 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in passata; bring to boil.
  5. Add mussels; cover and reduce to simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes or until mussels open; discard any mussels that do not open.
  6. Add pasta and parsley to pan; toss well. Serve with lemon wedges.


  • To roast red pepper: Broil pepper on foil-lined tray until charred all over. Transfer to bowl; cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Let cool slightly and remove skin. (Alternatively, grill pepper over high heat.)

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 327 calories, 11 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 508 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g sugars, 19 g protein

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

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