Pasta from the Lair of Magica De Spell

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreWhen she is not busy trying to steal Scrooge’s lucky dime, Magica lives on the slopes of Vesuvius. Here is a typical recipe from her lair, providing the energy she needs to work out her dark schemes.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes


  • 2 lb 4 oz mussels
  • 1 packet (1 lb 2 oz) spaghetti
  • Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 9 oz ripe tomatoes, ready to use
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
  1. Clean the mussels: remove any with broken or open shells, then scrape the rest to remove any threads and traces of shell.
  2. Wash the mussels in a large quantity of water to rid them of sand. Finally, plunge them into a basin of cold water and ruthlessly eliminate any that float.
  3. Cook the spaghetti in a large cauldron of boiling salted water according to box or package directions, drain, and rinse so it doesn’t stick together. Set aside.
  4. Heat some olive oil in a second cauldron over low heat.
  5. Peel the garlic, cut it into pieces, and throw them into the cauldron with the mussels, ½ cup water, and the fish bouillon cube. Bring to a simmer for five minutes.
  6. Ruthlessly eliminate any mussels that aren’t open. Strain and reserve the juices and remove the mussels from their shells.
  7. Rinse the tomatoes and dice them finely.
  8. Return the cooking juices to the cauldron, add the tomatoes, mussels, and spaghetti, season with salt and pepper, and heat through for 2 minutes before serving steaming hot sprinkled with the freshly chopped parsley.

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