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Capellini with P.E.I. Mussels, Sea Urchin and Lemon Zest

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Oct 19th, 2018


Serving: 2 people

  • 3 ¾ cups (200g) Capellini
  • 1lb mussels
  • 6 pieces of fresh sea urchin (comes in wooden box/white tray)
  • 3 pieces of garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced (rind saved for zest)
  • ¼ bunch parsley
  • ¼ cup (1/8 lb) butter softened
  • 1 smoking chip
  • To taste salt
  • To taste olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup water (or fish stock)
  • 1 tsp dried Calabrian chillies
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch


  1. Place sliced 2 pieces of garlic, chillies and olive oil in a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Once the garlic is golden, add rinsed PEI mussels. Add white wine and cover, cooking until mussels open.
  2. Remove mussels and pull meat out of the shell. Once meat is pulled out, heat up another medium pan on medium heat until hot. Place mussel meat in the pan. Add smoking chip (light on fire) and smoke for ten minutes.
  3. As mussels smoke, strain the liquid from the mussels twice and reserve.
  4. Add half of butter portion to a food processer and mix until smooth. Add 2 pieces of sea urchin, lemon zest and salt and blend to combine. Set aside.
  5. Put a medium sized pot of water on and turn to high heat for pasta.
  6. In a pot, simmer 1 piece of garlic in olive oil on medium heat. When golden, add half of the reserved mussel liquid and blend with hand blender. Add 2 pieces of sea urchin to the pot and season, slowly adding lemon juice, olive oil and other half of butter to emulsify, continually stirring. Add in corn starch while mixing sauce. Once sauce is smooth, remove from heat and set aside.
  7. Finely chop parsley and add Capellini to pot of boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  8. To assemble, add a bit of olive oil, one piece of garlic and reserved lemon zest. When pasta is cooked, add it into the pan and toss. Add remainder of mussel liquid to pasta. Then, slowly add sea urchin, butter and mussels. Plate. Add chopped parsley and pour over top the sea urchin sauce. Finish with a drizzle of olive oil