There are certain dishes that bring you back to your childhood, and just smelling them makes you feel extremely nostalgic. This dish is one of those. Let me start by saying how easy it is to make: all you need is some kind of pasta (I recommend using fresh egg noodles, like this tagliatelle I bought at Eataly NYC), béchamel sauce (you can substitute with white sauce or just make it at home, all you need is butter, flour, milk, nutmeg, salt, and pepper – recipes are everywhere, but I’ll make sure to upload one soon). Here’s how you do it:
saffron powder (or stems, if you want)
freshly grated parmesan cheese
Step by step
- Boil the water in a large enough pot and, once it reaches a rolling boil, salt the water
- Add the pasta and cook until tender
- In the meantime, get a little bit of the water from the pot and dissolve the saffron
- Put the béchamel sauce in a serving dish and mix in the saffron. Add some pepper
- Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce, mix well and, if needed, warm it all up in the pot for a couple minutes
- Serve and add a little more pepper. Don’t forget to use some freshly grated parmesan cheese!
Please do try this recipe out and let me know if you like it! The aroma of the saffron is incredible and the pasta turns out super creamy and delicious. As some of my IG friends told me, it looks like a restaurant dish… with none of the effort! But trust me, it has the same great taste of any Italian restaurant out there!