Saffron Pasta

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Patricia Wells always comes to my rescue when I am hungry and uninspired. This time it was her Trattoria cookbook that saved me. Instead of heavy cream, i used creme fraiche. This dish was quick and heavenly!

Ingredients:
8 oz pasta
2 TBSP butter
4 oz creme fraiche
2 tsp saffron threads
Parmigiano

Cook pasta. Drain. Toss with butter, cre fraiche, saffron and cover. Let sit for a minute or two. Top with freshly grated parm.

4 servings
6 WW PP per serving.

Farro with Scallops and Saffron Sauce

This recipe is adapted from La Cucina Italiana, my favorite Italian Cooking Magazine and a great little iPad app. It comes together in less than an hour and tastes like something from a super fancy italian restaurant. You can easily double it for guests. If you’re not watching your waist you can swap heavy cream with half and half.

Ingredients:
1 bunch of very thin asparagus, cut into 1 inch length
1/2 c farro
1/2 lb of scallops
1/4 c half and half
1/2 tsp saffron threads, crushed
1 Tsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
2 TBSP shallots, finely diced
2 TBSP dry white wine
1 1/2 TBSP chopped parsley

Steam asparagus until crisp, about 2 minutes, transfer to an ice bath. Once cooled slice asparagus into 1 inch lengths. Use 1 1/2 c of the water used to steam asparagus, pour into to medium pot and add the farro, cook over medium heat covered until all the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Mix saffron with heavy cream. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and add shallot, cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add wine and cook until almost evaporated. Add cream, cook 2 minutes whisking constantly. Reduce to a simmer whisking occasionally until thickened and reduced by 1/2, about 5 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add scallops, cook 1 minute then turn over. Add farro and asparagus, cook 1 minute more. Add salt, pepper and chopped parsley.

Spoon 1/2 the sauce onto a plate. Spoon scallops and farro onto plate. Serve.

Serves 2.
11 WW PP.

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