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Fragrant Saffron Pasta Salad

Cuisine: Italian
Type: Pasta
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

8 oz 227gSmall pasta shapes - (240 g)
4 teaspoons 20mlOlive oil
1   Pure saffron powder or
1 oz 28gFlaked almonds - (30 g)
2 oz 56gCurrants - (60 g)
1   Garlic clove - crushed
1   Lime - juice of
1 teaspoon 5mlClear honey
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround cumin
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlGround coriander
1   Yellow pepper - de-seeded and
  Cut into slivers
1 tablespoon 15mlFinely chopped fresh
1 tablespoon 15mlFinely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon 15mlFinely chopped fresh
  Salt and freshly ground
  Black pepper
  Fresh coriander leaves - to

Recipe Instructions

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.

Recipe by: Weight Watchers Pasta Cook Book

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