For fennel seeds, usually come as whole seeds. If possible, it is helpful to use a spice grinder and grind it into powder.
I’ll also use few basil leaves growing in my indoor herb pot for garnishing the pasta.
How to make Pasta with Mussels?
Step 1: Prepare and cook mussels
See here for a detailed recipe and step-by-step tutorial. For this pasta dish, you will need about 2 lbs of mussels to serve 4.
Step 2: Cook Pasta for Pasta with Mussels
Step 3: Stir-Fry Seasonings with Pasta
A quality hard-anodized fry-pan makes it easier to stir-fry pasta because of its heat performance, non-stick function, and oil efficiency.
Turn the heat to medium-high and heat the fry-pan for 2 minutes, add oil, oregano, fennel seeds powder, garlic, and basil, stir-fry for 30 seconds until fragrant.
Add the cooked pasta, add 1 cup mussel juice from cooking mussels and salt, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
Step 4: Add cooked mussels
Turn off the heat, add cooked mussels into the pan, gently mix and serve. Garnish the plate with fresh basil leaves (optional).