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.


10 comments:

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!

Shelly { @ Quiet Luxury } said...

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

xx
Quiet Luxury


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