This recipe is very easy. If you do not wish to make the pesto from scratch you can buy it already made in the store. The picture shows one that I like to use.
1 box of angel hair pasta
2 lbs. of mussels fresh or frozen
Crab or shrimp boil package
You will need a food processor for this recipe.
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil water in a large pot add pasta.
Boil water in a large pot add crab boil.
Add mussels to crab boil pot boil for 3 or 4 minutes. The longer you boil the easier they come out of shell. My son likes them cooked very done so I cook them about 7 minutes.
Remove pasta, add pesto and mix together so the pesto coats all the pasta.
Carefully remove mussels they are hot!
Place over pasta.
If your entertaining you can put a fresh basil leaf on the plate for decoration.