Pasta in saffron cream recipe

I bought this new shape of pasta called schiaffoni. It is a bit like manicotti but shorter and wider. For some reason I decided that it would be good with a saffron cream kind of sauce and I kept thinking about it until today I finally had the right occasion to cook it.

It’s a simple dish and works well for a quick lunch or dinner.

Pasta in saffron cream


  • pasta
  • 2 oz. diced ham
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • saffron
  • flour
  • – 1 yolk


  1. I started out as usual by boiling the water and preparing my pasta. While the water was warming up, I started on the sauce. I diced an onion and some ham and put them in a pan with a bit of melted butter.
  2. When the onion was soft I added the milk and the saffron. I also added a yolk and 1/2 a spoon or so of flour to the milk to keep it from separating and to thicken up the sauce. I seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper.
  3. When the pasta was ready, I dressed it with the sauce and sauteed everything briefly so that the pasta would be uniformly covered in sauce. I used schiaffoni, but this sauce would work well with short smooth pasta like mostaccioli, or with long wide pasta like pappardelle.
  4. It turned out exactly as I imagined it!