Yotam Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’ Cookbook was a gift from my daughter several months ago, but I hadn’t got around to trying out any of the recipes since they all seemed to need ingredients not ready available in my kitchen.Armed now with a cupboard full of every possible ingredient, (most of them again gifted by my thoughtful daughters) the recipes are mine to conquer. One of the first that I tried out was a Saffron Linguine in spiced Butter sauce, adapted from Ottolenghi’s Saffron Tagliatelle in Moroccan Butter.
With this fragrant amazing saffron Linguine from FoodHall, and fresh herbs from First Agro Farms, here goes now for my Saffron Linguine in spiced Butter sauce. Sometime soon, I must try out actually making the linguine or tagliatelle, instead of using store bought pasta, but this dish did turn out uber delicious!
Ottolenghi’s original recipe describes how to make the saffron pasta from scratch, and also suggests that if a dried pasta is used, a good pinch of saffron threads be added to the water when boiling the pasta. As I have used dried zafrani or saffron linguine for the Tagliatelle in Moroccan Butter Recipe, I skipped this step.
To cook the Pasta, I used one of my favourite additions in the kitchen, a pasta cooker. This one has two sieved containers, which can be used for boiling and draining, or for steaming. Either way, the heavy pot need not be lifted and drained at the sink or using a colander, as the sieved container just has to be lifted out of the pot, and the water allowed to drain back into the pot.
The Butter sauce is easy to put together and dinner aka Saffron Linguine in spiced Butter Sauce, was on the table less than 30 minutes after I started making it.
The fresh herbs – parsley and mint, and the spices ranging from cinnamon and pepper to coriander, paprika and turmeric brought out a bouquet of flavours, while the pine nuts gave that bit of crunch and contrasting texture to the saffron linguine.
There is so much variety in Ottolenghi’s cook books, and the recipes are straight forward and usually simple to make. Sourcing the ingredients is also now not difficult as I have the access to farm fresh zero pesticide vegetables and herbs from First Agro Farms, Mysore.
I plan to make all the recipes in Plenty, one by one, before I move on to Plenty More and then to other recipes from Ottolenghi’s web site and cookbooks. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/recipes