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Mushroom Tea Steamed Mussel Linguini

Ingredients: 
1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
2 cups water
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 cup leeks, diced
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 lbs fresh mussels
100g linguini noodles, dry
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Parsley to garnish
8 cherry tomatoes halved
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions: 
Cook linguini noodles according to package instructions until al dente. Set aside.
Bring water to a boil in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and add porcini mushrooms. Let mushroom tea steep for 15-20 minutes. Remove mushrooms from water and chip, reserving both separately.
In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add mushrooms, leeks, garlic and shallots to hot pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Add mushroom tea, bring to boil and reduce by half.
Add cream and mussels, and cover.
Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until all mussels have opened up completely.
Add butter, parsley, Parmesan, and cherry tomatoes.
Toss everything together and cook for 2 minutes.
Adjust seasoning with salt and peppers.
Once the sauce has reached the desired consistency, remove from heat and plate in separate bowls.
Drizzle olive oil over the top, and sprinkle with chili flakes.


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