Easy Pasta Dinner with a Delicious Saffron Spiced Cream Sauce!

The deep, unique, and sweet flavor of saffron fits well in this creamy sauce that coats pasta like a warm and cozy blanket. The natural yellow/orange color makes this dish bright and light as well as comforting and filling. This meal will have you scooping spoonfuls and wondering how it can taste this good?! With only a few ingredients and 20 minutes you will have a delicious go-to meal for any lunch or dinner.

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Saffron?

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the “saffron crocus”. The vivid crimson stigma and styles, called threads, are collected and dried for use mainly as a seasoning and coloring agent in food. 

Saffron has a sweet, floral taste to it. It’s earthy and has a complex nuanced flavor. On the other hand, saffron that tastes bitter, metallic, or plastic like are often cheap imitators of this unique spice and should be avoided. So, make sure that the saffron you buy is REAL- there are lots of pesky imitators.

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Saucy Saucy …

This sauce is simple to make and its creamy smooth perfection is perfect for any pasta shape or variety. After a few quick stirs of a wooden spoon (or any other kitchen utensil) your pasta will absorb the sauce and drown in the yummy remains.

creamy pasta sauce in bowl

I love topping the dish with thick fresh shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese. This adds a hearty bite to the creamy dish.

creamy pasta sauce in a bowl

Mangia! Mangia! (Eat!)

Made with Amore,

Elena

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Creamy Saffron Sauce with Pasta

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10-15 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

The deep, unique, and sweet flavor of saffron fits well in this creamy sauce that coats pasta like a warm and cozy blanket. The natural yellow/orange color makes this dish bright and light as well as comforting and filling. This meal will have you scooping spoonfuls and wondering how it can taste this good?! With only a few ingredients and 20 minutes you will have a delicious go-to meal for any lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano
  • dash of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron
  • 3/4 lbs of your favorite pasta variety
  • Salt to taste
  • Extra thick shavings of fresh parmigiano for serving

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add plenty of salt to season and start to cook your favorite pasta variety
  2. In a medium sauce pan over low heat pour in: cream, cheese, saffron, and nutmeg (if using). Add salt to taste. Stir constantly and simmer about 5-6 minutes until a creamy slightly bubbly mixture forms. Drain pasta and place in a large serving bowl. Pour cream sauce on top and mix until combined. Enjoy and serve HOT!!

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