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Pasta with a Saffron Mascarpone Sauce

Updated February 23, 2016
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Breaking Bread in L'Aquila

Published by Food and Fate Publishing

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Because of L’Aquila’s proximity to the Navelli Valley, where precious saffron is harvested, there is a great flavor and color influence in several of their dishes. I have made this saffron-kissed sauce with mascarpone, but don’t be afraid to try it with ricotta or soft cheeses that you enjoy. I have also made this with artichokes in place of zucchini or with other pasta shapes. Be creative—and have fun!

Serves6

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecreamy, rich, savory, spiced

Type of Dishdry pasta, pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rigatoncini pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 zucchini, very thinly sliced
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • ½ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup grated fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and season with salt and pepper. Add the saffron. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the mascarpone, fresh mozzarella, and grated cheese.

Using a large pot, cook the pasta according to package instructions until it is al dente. Drain the pasta, but reserve about ¼ cup of the pasta water. Add the mascarpone mixture, along with the remaining butter, and toss to combine. Add the reserved pasta water slowly, as needed, to make the sauce a bit creamier.

Serve immediately.

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