Why I’m Mad About Saffron

I’m a big fan of kitchen hacks. Little steps that elevate quick and easy dishes to meals your family remembers.

Saffron while it is expensive, has a lot of quick and easy tricks to offer.

  • Fold Saffron in with butter or mix in with salt or honey and dress up everyday items.
  • Add a pinch of Saffron to beaten eggs for a savory, burnt umber hue and in one quick step, your scramble now beats every Brunch spot in town.
  • Crush and dash in Saffron when making fresh pasta and your homemade staple earns Five Stars.
  • Biscuits and breads take on a subtle honey flavor when Saffron is mixed in with their flours.
  • Mussels and Clams get along swimmingly with Saffron and a pinch goes a long way in broth.
  • Sticking to quick and easy? Add a good pinch to boiling water or broth to infuse ordinary dry pasta or rice with extraordinary rich flavors.

Saffron Pasta With Golden Tomato and Asparagus

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Saffron Infused Pasta
Saffron Infused Pasta

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil
  • Pinch of Saffron
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 lb Dried Pasta of Choice
  • 1/2 lb Asparagus
  • 4 Golden or Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan

Directions: 

  1. Remove ends off Asparagus and steam till nearly cooked, drain and set aside
  2. Remove seeds from tomatoes, slice and set aside
  3. Add a pinch of Saffron to boiling water and allow to bloom
  4. Add pasta and cooking per package instructions
  5. When pasta is three minutes from done, heat Olive Oil in skillet, add Asparagus and Tomato
  6. Retain 1 Cup pasta water and drain remaining
  7. Add Pasta to skillet and half the cheese along with a little pasta liquid to bring together
  8. Plate with a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, remaining cheese and a sprinkle of Red Pepper Flakes 

More Kitchen Shortcuts: When You’ve Got Thyme, Smoked Salmon and Lemon Vinaigrette, Put an Egg On It, Zucchini Carpaccio

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Archana says:

    I LOVE saffron too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ALOR says:

      It is truly a bit of a miracle when you think about it! Such a small part of a flower and SO much flavor.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Archana says:

        Cant agree more!

        Like

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