Spicy Pasta with Mussels
Sort through mussels and discard any that have opened. Rinse remaining mussels thoroughly and debeard. Cook spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente, 10-15 minutes. Rinse and halve chile lengthwise, remove seeds and ribs, and finely dice. Peel and finely chop garlic. Rinse parsley, shake dry, strip leaves from stems and finely chop.
In a pan heat cook garlic and chile in hot oil, 1-2 minutes. Deglaze with white wine and 250 ml (approximately 1 cup) water. Season with salt and pepper and add mussels. Cook over high heat until mussels have opened, 8-10 minutes. Remove any mussels that have not opened. Set aside 16 mussels.
Remove meat from remaining mussels and return to pan, along with drained pasta. Add parsley and toss briefly to combine. Divide pasta among 4 warmed plates and top each serving with 4 of the reserved mussels in their shells.