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Fragrant Saffron Pasta Salad

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Category: Pasta

 Ingredients List

  • 8 oz (240 g) small pasta shapes
  • 4 ts Olive oil
  • pn Pure saffron powder or
  • Strands
  • 1 oz (30 g) flaked almonds
  • 2 oz (60 g) currants
  • 1 Garlic clove, crushed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ts Clear honey
  • 1/4 ts Ground cumin
  • 1/4 ts Ground coriander
  • 1 Yellow pepper, de-seeded and
  • Cut into slivers
  • 1 tb Finely chopped fresh
  • Parsley
  • 1 tb Finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tb Finely chopped fresh
  • Coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh coriander leaves, to
  • Garnish


1. Cook the pasta in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for a few
minutes less than the pack instructions. Rinse well with cold water and
drain thoroughly. Transfer to a serving bowl. 2. Heat the oil in a small
saucepan and add the saffron, flaked almonds, currants and garlic. Cook
gently, stirring, until the almonds turn a rich nutty brown. Remove from
the heat and blend in the lime juice, honey, cumin and coriander. 3. Gently
fold the pasta, pepper slivers and fresh herbs into the dressing until
lightly coated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 4. Refrigerate for 1
hour and then serve the salad, garnished with sprigs of fresh coriander.

Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes + 1 hour chilling

Freezing not recommended Use the smallest pasta shapes (pastini) you can
find for this spicy salad. Italian food shops may stock orzo (barley) pasta
which resemble grains of rice. This beautifully fragrant and colourful
salad is a good accompaniment to barbecued chicken or lamb.

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