saffron cream sauce pasta

Last night, I had saffron cream sauce pasta and am still thinking about the Gucci pasta dishes coated in a luxurious and creamy saffron sauce. It is a comforting and delicious meal! I would eat them daily if they weren’t so freaking expensive. It takes under 20 minutes from start to plate. This recipe looks like my next indulgence, though! It looks mouthwatering!

It is the second time this week I’ve cranked them out. Oh, they are! It’s super easy to make. I can’t resist ever making saffron cream sauce pasta again. The cream sauce binds well with the pasta and is not watery, with no clumps or separation. It is very well emulsified.

Saffron is often viewed incompetently because they are more expensive than your other regular used spice and herbs cabinets. However, adding a few saffron threads can have a beautiful impact on the color of a dish with a unique flavor.

BTW, if you’re a pasta enthusiast like me and love the buttery, creamy, and saucy pasta versions, try my signature pesto butter sauce and caramelized onion sauce. Trust me, these recipes are enough to elevate your pasta experience.

What does saffron taste like?

The taste of saffron is an actual mystery because everyone experiences it differently. Some perceive it as highly bitter, while others emphasize its semi-sweet note. Saffron has several different tasting notes: floral, honey-like, musky, mushroomy, fresh as the sea, and bitter.

It is an excellent condiment when cooked with saffron cream sauce pasta correctly, making both sweet and savory tastes unique.

How to make saffron cream sauce pasta?

This effortless recipe requires only one luxury ingredient and a handful of others. This dish is filled with so many beautiful flavors, all done in just 20 minutes. You can serve this pasta as a starter or even a side dish next to some garlic chicken or grilled fish for the ultimate dining experience. 

Let’s get started with the recipe ingredients.


Extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons
Chopped onion 1 small size
Chopped garlic 5 cloves
All-purpose flour 1 teaspoon
Low fat-milk ¾ cup
Chicken broth ¾ cup
Saffron threads1/4 teaspoon
Sea salt according to taste
Black peppera few pinches (freshly cracked)
Pasta(spaghetti) 225g


Cook saffron cream sauce

  1. Take a large fry pan, add virgin olive oil, and put over medium heat. 
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic to hot oil. Stir continuously and evenly sautés. 
  3. Add all-purpose flour after 3-4 minutes when the onions are nicely translucent. Mix continuously for about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add milk and chicken broth to the pan and mix well. 
  5. After mixing, add saffron threads and gently mix for 3-4 minutes until it becomes a creamy sauce. After about 4 minutes, you will achieve a creamy saffron sauce. 
  6. Season the sauce with salt and freshly cracked black peppers.

Don’t turn off the flame. Turn the stove flame to lower the heat and mix occasionally (until pasta is added).

Boil the pastaI used spaghetti to cook this pasta, but any pasta type goes well. Take a water stock pot, add a generous amount of sea salt, and put it over a heated flame. Once the water is boiled, it’s time to add pasta and let it cook. About after 10 minutes, you can get perfectly cooked al dente pasta.

Make saffron cream sauce pasta. 

  1. Transfer cooked pasta directly to the saffron creamy sauce. Worry not if the little pasta water gets into the sauce. It will help to maintain a creamy texture.
  2. Turn off the flame and give a mix until everything mixes well together. 


Pour pasta into the serving dish and top with grated parmesan or any other cheese you like. 

Ta Da Da! Beautiful, simple, and delicious saffron cream sauce pasta is ready to impress your family and friends. Enjoy hot!

Expert tip to make this recipe:

  1. For pasta cooking, the most important thing is to keep al dante because the key is that it allows the sauce to stick better to the pasta.
  2. To achieve a more incredible creamy goodness, cook sauce and pasta simultaneously and transfer the cooked pasta directly from the stock pot into the pan with the sauce.

Methods for utilizing saffron in cooking

Grinding method:

Grind the saffron to a powder using a mortar & pestle, with either some of the salt or the sugar from the recipe, depending on whether you’re making something savory or sweet. Tap the powder out into your dish. 

Soaking method:

The most common way to use saffron is to steep it in a few tablespoons of milk or warm water and then pour it over the dish. Some countries worldwide also use saffron by keeping it in ice cubes until saffron ice melts, melts, and then subsequent liquid is used in cooking.

Frequently asked questions

What does saffron taste like in pasta?

Saffron pasta has unique tasting notes, such as a light and floral taste. It pairs well with butter, parmesan cheese, and Béchamel creamy sauce. To add protein, the saffron taste blends well with grilled shrimp.

What is saffron sauce made of?

Saffron sauce is made up of a combination of butter, garlic, saffron threads, flour, and chicken stock. This nonspicy sauce has an earthy, grounded, and mellow taste.

Is saffron Sweet or Sour?

Saffron is spice; they are thin reddish-brown threads in texture. When used in cooking, it gives a golden color to dishes and an earthy, light, sweet flavor profile.

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