Fantastic Firsts - Pasta with Beans, Mussels, and Shrimp - Chef Giulio Coppola, Ristorante La Galleria, Gragnano (Na)
I've been a big fan of pasta and fagioli con le cozze (pasta with beans and mussels) for a long time. But when I tried this dish by Chef Giulio Coppola on a recent visit to his restaurant in La Galleria in Gragnano. I knew I had found a dish that would certainly be on my list of fantastic summer firsts.
Here it goes...
Coppola first cooks the beans then passes half of the beans through a vegetable mill. He adds salt to taste. He then cooks mixed pasta until it is al dente. In the meantime, in a separate saucepan with extra virgin olive oil and garlic, he sautes mussels that he has previously steamed open. Then he adds the pasta to the beans along with the mussels and a little chopped Italian parsely. The shrimp? Add a few raw shrimp to the dish and serve.