April 23, 2013

Weeknight Wins: Mussels with Linguine

My husband and I like to eat adventurously, even on weeknights. Sometimes I like to change it up by buying a new-to-us piece of seafood or cut of meat on a whim and trying new dishes. Other times, I just buy the freshest things I can find and go with it. The other day I happened to pick up a bag of super-fresh mussels. We adore pasta with mussels and I knew I could easily make this favorite meal on a weeknight using the Garlic and Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starters from Land O’Lakes.

Mussels with Linguine

Today marks the final week of The Weeknight Wins by Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Blogger Challenge. During April, four other food bloggers and I have been sharing our weeknight go-to recipes with you. On busy weeknights, getting a wholesome dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less is something many families face. This challenge should give us all some great, delicious meal ideas to whip together in a hurry.

Sauté Express® Sauté Starter is a cool, new first-of-its-kind sauté starter made with seasoned butter and olive oil that can be used to cook and flavor any protein, such as chicken, fish or pork in one easy step. It is perfect for making mussels since they taste great in melted butter and oils with a touch of added flavor.

Mussels with Linguine

This week’s challenge is to Express Yourself, a chance for me to come up with something new and unexpected for a weeknight meal!


Our favorite part about the meal we came up with is that it is a riff on a classic seafood dish. With the Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter, I simply cooked the mussels, tossed them with fresh pasta and a perfectly seasoned dish was on our table in less than half an hour!


Now, it’s your turn to participate in Weeknight Wins. This is your last chance to win awesome Sauté Express® Sauté Starter prize pack.


This week’s Prize Pack Includes:

  • Four coupons for Sauté Express® Sauté Starter
  • Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet
  • Three hand towels
  • Set of kitchen utensils by Joseph Joseph
  • Set of mixing bowls by Joseph Joseph

Land O' Lakes Giveaway

Tell me how you express yourself in the kitchen using Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. Each week, in addition to your chance to win Land O’Lakes will pick a few favorites to be featured on Land O’Lakes Weeknight Meals Pinterest Board. *When you enter, Land O’Lakes may select your comment to feature for promotion, social media and/or other related marketing materials.

Here’s how to enter–> Simply leave a comment below answering one of the following questions:

How do you express yourself in the kitchen?


What would you make with Sauté Express® Sauté Starter?

Enter The Weeknight Wins by Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Sweepstakes

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 Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of 
Sauté Express® Sauté Starter. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes. All opinions are my own.


Mussels with Linguine


2 Garlic & Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter Squares

1 lb fresh mussels[CT1]

½ lb long-strand linguine



Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the linguine according to box directions. Drain well and set aside.


Melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat and swirl so it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Add the mussels and cover. Allow them to steam in the butter until they burst open, about five minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open.


Divide the pasta among two bowls and then top with even amounts of mussels. Scrape the remaining pan sauce over the mussels and pasta. Toss well and serve.



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