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A pot of easy saffron sauce pasta with figs

Spiced Saffron Butter Pasta

Saffron sauce pasta with figs
Course Main
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword easy pasta recipe, saffron sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 647kcal


  • 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
  • Salt
  • 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).


Adapted from an Ottolenghi Recipe
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Calories: 647kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.8mg