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In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook until browned. Add wine, cream, and butter. Cook until butter has melted (about 3 minutes). Add salt, pepper, mussels and parsley. Stir all ingredients together and cover. Cook until mussels open (about 15 minutes). Place mussels in a large serving bowl and ladle with cream sauce.
Remove mussels from cream sauce and place into a separate bowl. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened (about 3-5 minutes). Add 1/2 lb of cooked pasta. Garnish with red pepper flakes and serve aside mussels.