Saffron Spaghetti Cooked Risotto-Style

saffron spaghetti risotto styleHave you ever tried Saffron Spaghetti? It’s a a very simple and flavourful dish. But did you know that pasta can be cooked directly in the pan with the sauce? This cooking method in Italy is called pasta risottata that is pasta cooked risotto-style. It refers to the method of cooking risotto recipe. If you want to know more click here and follow our recipes of Italian risotto.

Pasta cooked risotto-style is such an easy method of cooking that even a simple tomato pasta becomes a really tasty dish. For this first course we used only onion, saffron and spaghetti, all slowly cooked in a pan, adding hot vegetable stock, thus obtaining a creamy saffron spaghetti cooked risotto-style.

The famous risotto alla Milanese in spaghetti version for Pasta lovers !!!

Other delicious pasta recipe: smoked salmon carbonara, pasta Amatriciana, penne with vodka sauce

Saffron Spaghetti Risotto-Style Recipe

Prep Time: 5 Min
Cook Time: 10 Min
Yelds: 4


  • 125g (4,4 oz) of butter
  • 1 little onion, finely chopped
  • ground black pepper


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In a large no-stick frying pan heat the butter with the onion. Sautè, stirring, for 3 minutes on medium heat, till the onion is soft and traslucent (1). Meanwhile cook spaghetti in boiling water for 1/2 minute, just long enough so spaghetti become softer and you are able to bend them (2). Drain and place them in the pan with the onion. Try to stir them to season as much as possible (3).

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Add a ladle or two of stock and cook over high heat until it’s completely absorbed (4). Add the saffron in a ladleful of stock and stir it (5). Then add it to spaghetti (6) and cook until absorbed. Control repetedly the cooking time tasting spaghetti (cooking times depend substantially from what is suggested on the package of spaghetti but you never know…)

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When you think spaghetti are cooked, do not add more stock (7). Add grated Parmigiano cheese and stir (8). Serve hot with the addition of ground black pepper (9).

Saffron Spaghetti Risotto-Style Ingredient Box

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields: 4
  • 350g (12oz) of spaghetti
  • 1/2 liter (2 cups) of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon of saffron threads or 1 sachets of saffron
  • 125g (4,4 oz) of butter
  • 1 little onion, finely chopped
  • ground black pepper
  • 50g (3/4 tablespoons) of grated Parmigiano cheese
  • grated Parmigiano cheese, to taste

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4 Replies to "Saffron Spaghetti Cooked Risotto-Style"

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    Lids July 22, 2020 (12:50 pm)

    Deliciously exquisite recipe!!!!

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    Richard Tebaldi July 10, 2019 (8:09 pm)

    I had a saffron pasta with octopus in Portland, Oregon @ Q’s restaurant. An incredible recipe with a bite of pepper. It’s making my mouth water thinking about it. I will make up a recipe soon.

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    christian centanni May 26, 2018 (8:20 pm)

    Does saffron pasta pair better with meat of fish ?

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      Barbara Lucchini July 31, 2018 (2:47 pm)

      Hello Christian,
      I can tell you that a lot depends on tastes. In Italy, saffron pasta is often pair with meat, but the combination with fish is more and more favored. I tasted saffron pasta recipes with prawns or swordfish that were delicious. Indeed, thanks for your comment 😀

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