Friday, 8 June 2012

Saffron Cream Pasta

One balmy summer evening in London, I was attending two back-to-back concerts at the Proms. Thankfully there was an hour between them - just long enough for my friends to steer me to a nearby restaurant, and for us to wolf down a delicious pasta meal. My choice was roasted vegetables in a creamy saffron sauce, which was so fabulous that I've been wanting to recreate this recipe ever since.

Saffron Cream Pasta

Saffron Cream Pasta
Serves 2

200g pasta
1 courgette (zucchini)
1 sweet pointed pepper
6 large mushrooms

For the sauce
1tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
200ml milk
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1tbsp saffron
¼tsp grated nutmeg
salt & black pepper (to taste)
1tbsp thick double cream

  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add the flour, stirring until it forms a roux.
  2. Add the milk a little at a time, stirring until the mixture is smooth, and bring to the boil over a low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and garlic, and fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the saffron, nutmeg, a little black pepper, and onion/garlic mixture to the sauce.
  5. Boil gently until the sauce reduces to a thick consistency. Add more salt and pepper to taste, and set the sauce aside.
  6. Chop the courgettes, mushrooms, and peppers into bite-sized pieces and fry over a medium heat.
  7. While the vegetables are cooking, boil the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
  8. Once everything is a couple of minutes from ready, return the heat to a gentle heat, and add the extra cream. Add a little more milk if the sauce has thickened too far.
  9. Drain the pasta, add the vegetables, and stir through the sauce before serving.


Danielle Simmons said...

Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Barb W. said...

Wow- that looks terrific! And relatively easy to make, thanks for sharing!

About A Mom said...

That looks amazing! Yum! Pinning it now!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

This dish sounds and looks delicious.

Kecia said...

This sounds yummy - though I think I'd leave out the mushrooms because I'm not a fan of them lol

Rachel said...

Sounds worth a go - absolutely scrummy!

mywildcrazylife said...

That looks amazing. Wish I were there for supper :) Maybe I'll try to make it

shrink on the couch said...

saffron, yum. the recipe sounds delish (minus the mushrooms) and doesn't look as difficult to make as I would have thought.

Jenny Woolf said...

Looks super! and what was the restaurant? sounds useful!

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. Those mushrooms have my mouth watering! :)

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