Scandinavian flavors of saffron and golden raisins flavor this cauliflower and small pasta dish. Crispy, toasted bread crumbs lend a light crunch for contrast.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Stir the saffron threads into the boiling water, and cover. Set aside to steep for several minutes while proceeding with the recipe.

  • Toss the bread crumbs together with the melted butter, and lay out evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crispy, about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chopped cauliflower and saffron water; season to taste with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered, until the cauliflower has softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins, pine nuts, and cooked ziti. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with browned bread crumbs.

Nutrition Facts

484.5 calories; 14.4 g protein; 78.3 g carbohydrates; 20.3 mg cholesterol; 238.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
tried this recipe because i am the daring type and it was unrated and sounded like the perfect pasta dish i was looking for to cook for a girl i was pursueing her being a pasta fanatic.It did in fact turn out wonderfully and went perfectly with my boneless orange chicken breast recipe. obviously this meal was inteded for a much bigger group than 2 but leftovers the next evening were still great as freshly made.dont change a thing and enjoy this great pasta recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2008
I'll stick to a more traditional use of saffron next time. Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
tried this recipe because i am the daring type and it was unrated and sounded like the perfect pasta dish i was looking for to cook for a girl i was pursueing her being a pasta fanatic.It did in fact turn out wonderfully and went perfectly with my boneless orange chicken breast recipe. obviously this meal was inteded for a much bigger group than 2 but leftovers the next evening were still great as freshly made.dont change a thing and enjoy this great pasta recipe. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2008
tried this recipe because i am the daring type and it was unrated and sounded like the perfect pasta dish i was looking for to cook for a girl i was pursueing her being a pasta fanatic.It did in fact turn out wonderfully and went perfectly with my boneless orange chicken breast recipe. obviously this meal was inteded for a much bigger group than 2 but leftovers the next evening were still great as freshly made.dont change a thing and enjoy this great pasta recipe. Read More
(6)
Rating: 1 stars
06/30/2008
I'll stick to a more traditional use of saffron next time. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 2 stars
05/23/2011
Rather lacking in flavor Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2014
Easy and a good use for cauliflower! To add depth add garlic dried red peppers chives and/or parmesan cheese for a main dish. Serve with salad and a hearty bread...perfect for vegetarians! I bought Mexican saffron from Trader Joe's for around 6.99.....so it is POSSIBLE to find saffron fairly cheap without killing the budget. I really like this one with the add-ins....KEEPER! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2017
This one s a keeper! We really liked this combination of flavors. It has a Mediterranean taste with the saffron nuts and raisins. I browned the bread crumbs on the stove. I added a generous amount of hot peppers. It makes a beautiful presentation; definitely a company-worthy dish. Thank you for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/15/2012
I did not care for this recipe. Read More