Eat, Drink And Be indie: Tasty Recipes, Inspiring Maker Stories & Exclusives Served Daily

Saffron Pasta For The Broke But Fancy Gourmand

Pasta's great if you're broke: It feeds a crowd and pleases everyone while doing it. Saffron, however, is a pricey spice – the most expensive in the world, in fact, because it is such a labor intensive crop to harvest.

Saffron gives this Malloreddus Pasta its gorgeous golden hue and a delicate, earthy flavor. While each and every bite of the pasta is infused with the spice, don't worry: it doesn't drive up the cost much at all. Consider it a tasty glimpse of how the other half lives.  

As fun to say as it is to eat, malloreddus' ridged shells are similar to cavatelli, but with deeper crevices. Sfoglini Pasta Shop, one of our favorite Brooklyn-based makers, uses organic American-grown semolina flour to make the dough, one batch at a time. They also use traditional bronze dies and air-dry at low temperatures, which gives the dried pasta an even, toothsome texture when cooked.

Plus, the ribs create awesome nooks and crannies for the sauce to cling to, making it a good choice for heavy-duty sauces or rich cheeses. Our current favorite sauce for this luxurious saffron pasta is a rich tomato with mixed seafood, such as baby shrimp, scallops and calamari. Add some fish and some red pepper flakes and you’ve got yourself one good meal.

This is more than just an emergency dinner, it's a sleight-of-hand feast.  

Article index

  • Take Stock: A Soup-er Easy Recipe For Tomato Soup With Cheese Coins

    Our version of tomato soup is made even more magical with just one simple topping upgrade: Savory Cheese Coins (aka our favorite type of currency).

    Read more
  • The Indie Oscars: And The Winners Are…

    After much screening and reviewing, here are this year’s nominees and winners.

    Read more
  • This Limoncello Is A One-Way Ticket To The Amalfi Coast

    Minus the airfare.

    Read more
  • These 2 Mezcals Are Better Than 15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch

    Destileria Sánchez is making some of the best mezcals we’ve come across. Uno mas lima, por favor.

    Read more
  • Next