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Elegant and Easy Creamy Saffron Pasta

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles.

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This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

Saffron is an expensive spice so this isn’t an everyday dish. But for a special occasion this creamy saffron sauce is the perfect way to use it. How much you add it really up to your taste and budget. We like to add a generous first finger and thumb pad sized pinch, this really infuses the cream with the wonderful perfumed flavor of saffron.

Make sure you buy saffron stems rather than saffron powder. Saffron powder will go musty quicker and also it can sometimes be mixed with other lesser spices.

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

We used pappardelle here and it is the perfect pasta for this creamy saffron sauce. The thick ribbons allow the sauce to really cling. Most larger grocery stores will stock pappardelle, but if you can’t find it then a thick cut tagliatelle or fettuccine will work.

Avoid tubular shapes like penne or rigatoni, if you want a small shape then something flat like a farfalle or a Ricciolini.

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

Serving Suggestion:

Side: This saffron pasta is delicate yet filling, so serve this with some roasted broccoli. Or if you want to add a protein to this dish serve this pasta with a pan fried cod loin. The sauce also works amazingly with sweet seared scallops.

Wine: To compliment the rich creamy saffron sauce we suggest something bright and fresh. If you can find an Italian Friulano or Vermentino then they would be our first choice. If not then a Sémillon will be a great substitute. Although white would be our first choice for the red lovers a Valpolicella Classico wouldn’t be a bad choice.

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

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Creamy Saffron Pasta

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 545 kcal

Ingredients

  • 15 oz pappardelle (425g)
  • 1 shallot
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • generous pinch of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pan of water to a boil, salt it generously and add the pappardelle.
  2. Meanwhile, peel and chop the shallot.

  3. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over a medium low heat.

  4. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes until they start to soften. about 2 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat up and add the wine, let it bubble and evaporate until it has reduced by at least half.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium then add the cream, saffron and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  7. Allow the sauce to simmer until slightly thickened and the saffron color has permeated the cream.
  8. Remove 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer it to the skillet with the sauce.
  9. Add the 1/4 cup of the cooking water and the chopped parsley and toss to coat.
  10. Taste the sauce and season with more salt and black pepper as required.
  11. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

We know saffron is expensive but it is the main flavor to this sauce, be generous and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Saffron Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 235mg 10%
Potassium 249mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 21.9%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you are looking for an decadent dinner that doesn’t use the worlds most expensive spice then try out Chicken Pasta with Rosemary Cream.
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This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

This creamy saffron pasta is a bowl of technicolor decadence. Rich and creamy with the wonderful floral, musky, earthy, semi-sweet taste of saffron. Undeniably delicious and almost impossible to describe saffron is a taste like no other and here, paired with cream and wine it makes the perfect sauce for flat pappardelle noddles. From Easy Pasta Sauces.

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