So folks, THIS right here is what happens when you take some butter, throw in some saffron, cinnamon and spices, simmer to perfection and then mix in some pasta. You get pasta covered in the best saffron sauce in town.
Oh and the figs.
Yes, this entire meal is all completed with some sweet figs simmered in the saffron sauce too.
You end up with this perfection in every mouthful, lick your bowl clean, spiced saffron butter pasta sauce. The kind of spiced butter pasta sauce that tastes all the better for the fact that it takes a maximum of 15 mins to cook. Yeap, the weeknight suppers totally covered kind of pasta.
And Christmas suppers and brunches and quick me time eats too.
I have had a love affair with saffron for the longest time. I still remember the stopover in Doha airport where, in my sleepy but bargain hunter mode at 1 am, I emptied my entire wallet on 12 tubs of saffron.
I still have one of those tubs left, and even though it is past it sell by date I still use it when cooking for just me. Guests, if you are reading this, obviously when I cook for you, you get some newer saffron. Fingers not crossed behind my back, honest :).
I have used a combination of spice flavours that I like in this version. Do try playing around with spices to your taste. And I can easily see this working as a spiced brown butter pasta sauce too (oh that is sooooooo going on my to do list).
A word about saffron substitutes. It is impossible to substitute the distinctive taste of saffron in dishes. Seriously impossible. What you can do is substitute the form of saffron. This recipe calls for saffron strands. If you don’t have strands then you can use saffron powder.
Just make sure the saffron powder is a really pure and good quality one, instead of a powder that has paprika or turmeric etc, added in. And when cooking with saffron powder you just add it straight into the dish, no pre-soaking required.
If using saffron mostly for colour than you could substitute it for things like turmeric and paprika. Just make sure to add small amounts of those spices at a time, as they have their own distinctive taste too.
For more pasta recipes why not try this Creamy Pasta Recipe.
Pasta Sauce Recipes
For more pasta sauce recipes why not try this Gnocchi Sauce?
How to Make Saffron Sauce Pasta with Figs
All the ingredients
Melt butter in with the oil
Fry till fragrant
Add the figs to the saffron sauce
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Spiced Saffron Butter Pasta
- 450 g pasta
- 100 g salted butter
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion very finely chopped
- ½ tsp Saffron threads
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- A handful of chopped coriander
- 8 large figs halved
- Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, drain when done and set aside in a warm place.
- Whilst the pasta in cooking, make the saffron sauce.
- Add the butter and olive oil to a pot over medium heat, and let the butter melt.
- Add in the onion and saffron and sauté for about 10 mins till the onion is soft.
- Mix in the rest of the spices and season to taste and cook for 1 min.
- Then add in the figs and let simmer for 1 min and switch off the heat.
- Serve the sauce over the warm pasta.
- Optional garnish chopped fresh coriander (cilantro).