Linguine with Saffron from Provence Recipe

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Categories: French, Grain, Main Dish, Pasta

Submitted By: The Spice House.

Linguine with Saffron from Provence Notes

This recipe belongs to Patricia Wells, it is from her new book The Provence Cookbook. The Spice House had the great honor of hosting Patricia for a booksigning reception this past summer. We prepared an assortment of delightful appetizers from her book, including this pasta.

In her book, she was excited to find saffron growing in Provence locally. We substituted our highest quality Spanish Coupe grade saffron with wonderful results. We have also found that if you use this particular saffron, you do not need 8 hours for the saffron to infuse its flavor and color into the milk, 1-2 hours is fine.

Serves / Yields

6 servings as a main course, 12 servings as a side dish

Preparation Instructions
  1. At least 8 hours (and up to 48 hours) before preparing the pasta, combine the saffron and the milk in a covered container. Shake to blend. Refregerate until the pasta is prepared.

  2. In the pasta pot, bring about 5 quarts of water to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the salt and the pasta, stirring to prevent the pasta from sticking. Cook until tender but firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pasta pot from the heat. Remove the colander and drain over a sink, shaking to remove excess water.

  3. In a large saucepan, warm the saffron milk over low heat. Add the drained pasta and stir to coat the pasta with the sauce. Add half of the cheese and toss once more. Add salt to taste. Taste for seasoning. Cover and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes to allow the pasta to thoroughly absorb the sauce. Taste for seasoning. Transfer to individual warmed shallow soup bowls. Serve immediately, passing the remaining cheese at the table.

Special Equipment

A pasta pot fitted with a colander.

Quick Shopping List

Coupe Grade Spanish Saffron
1 gram bag in a glass jar
La Baleine French Sea Salt, Coarse or Fine
Coarse Grain
26 oz. container
La Baleine French Sea Salt, Coarse or Fine
Fine Grain
26 oz. container

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Alexandr R. Said:

ia dovolen super

Make it Again? Alexandr R. would make this recipe again.

Diana R. Said:

The saffron taste is uncomparable. When mixed with the Parmesan Romano it gives it an even better flavor. I combined this with separately cooked shrimp and it was even better.

Make it Again? Diana R. would make this recipe again.