Saffron is a royal spice that speaks of our culture, heritage and a rich culinary background of our nation. Not only that, the exquisite spice has its set of positivities in the form of health benefits, a great flavour and of course, an eye-pleasing natural colour to the dishes. When we talk about Saffron, Baby Saffron is the name that instantly comes to my mind for it is the supplier of the world’s finest quality of the spice in the discussion.
When we got a chance to introduce our followers to a way to incorporate this royal spice by Baby Saffron, into their modern day continental cuisine, we were all charged up to create a Zafrani Pasta. Oh, wouldn’t it entice you to see a beautiful looking pasta that has a base of world’s most expensive spice? And when it adds that subtle touch of a rich flavour while not taking away the essence of a creamy sauce of a cheesy pasta, it would definitely make for an Instagram-worthy dish that is also absolutely delicious.
So as soon as our shipment from Baby Saffron arrived, we prepped up the other ingredients and got all set to create, the Zafrani Cheesy Penne Pasta. Here is what goes into making this mouth-watering & royal pasta;
Saffron Strands (4-5 Nos. Soaked in water for at least 30 minutes)
Cheddar Cheese (For a thicker and a more flavourful sauce)
Garlic Cloves (2 in nos. Finely chopped)
Thick Cream (One Cup)
Olive Oil (3 TBSPs)
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and then add the dried pasta while following the cooking instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
Add the chopped garlic and saffron strands and cook for at least 2 minutes (make sure that you stir it occasionally)
Add the cream and increase the heat to medium high.
Simmer until the sauce becomes a little thick. (Usually takes about 2 minutes)..
Remove 1/2 cup cooking water after draining the pasta and transfer it to the saucepan.
Add the reserved cooking water and mix in the cheese
Add Salt & pepper as per your taste.
Serve while garnishing with the Beautiful baby saffron threads and also some saffron soaked water for a rich color to your royal pasta.