Homemade Saffron Pasta
Published: October 16 2019
Difficulty: Intermediate - Yield: 12 servings - Time: 1 hour
Pasta lovers rejoice! Check out this step-by-step recipe for homemade saffron pasta and elevate your Sunday night dinner.
- 1 1/2 cups semolina pasta flour (we love Bob's Red Mill's Semolina Flour)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 eggs, room temperature, slightly beaten
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Large pinch of Rumi saffron
Step 1: Combine slightly beaten eggs, olive oil, water, and saffron in bowl, mix, and let sit for 5 minutes to allow saffron to steep.
Step 2: (if making by hand): In large bowl, combine semolina flour, all-purpose flour, and salt, mix until well combined.
Once mixed, form a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour egg mixture into flour well and mix until a stiff dough is formed. Knead 10 minutes by hand.
Step 2: (if making with stand mixer):
Combine semolina, flour, egg mixture, water, and salt in stand mixer bowl. Knead on medium speed with a dough hook.
Step 3: If dough is too sticky, sprinkle on additional Semolina until it comes together. If dough is too dry, sprinkle water until you get the right consistency. You'll want to knead until the dough is elastic. Slice into the dough with a paring knife; if you see lots of air bubbles, keep kneading. The dough is kneaded when it forms a smooth elastic ball and has very few air bubbles when cut. Test by pressing your knuckle into the dough; if it starts to bounce back then it's ready.
Step 4: Wrap dough in plastic wrap or in a covered bowl and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
Step 5: On a lightly floured surface roll out to desired thickness and cut as desired. Alternatively, cut into small chunks, flour, and roll through pasta roller. For this process, send through on thickness of 0. Fold in thirds and rotate so that straight edges are on the side and send it through again. Fold in thirds once more, again with straight edges on sides, and then send it through thickness 0 for a third pass. Then, change thickness to 1 and send dough through once. Continue process stepping through thicknesses 2, 3, 4 and end with 5. Give dough sheet one last dip in flour and then run it through the fettuccine cutting side.
Step 6: You can dredge pasta in flour to ensure it doesn't stick together. Either set on cookie sheet until ready to cook or dry pasta on a drying rack.
Step 7: To cook, bring a large pot of heavily-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender (approximately 3 - 5 minutes). When making lasagna, no need to boil noodles. Add directly to your recipe.
Recipe adapted from selfproclaimedfoodie.com