Uses of Saffron in food

Penne Gialle with Leek and Saffron


How to cook Penne Gialle with Leek and Saffron?


Penne Gialle with Leek and Saffron (also called Penne allo Zafferano) is an Italian pasta dish in which Italians rightly take great pride. Here is the recipe for the Italian dish with saffron as its important spice:

  • 320 g. of pens
  • 1 leek
  • 1 handful of pitted cherries
  • bunch of marjorams
  • 1 knob of butter
  • one drop of cognac
  • 1 sachet of saffron
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


  1. Take the cherries, chop them and brown them with a knob of butter for about 30 seconds. Deglaze with the cognac and let it rest.
  2. In another pan, fry the finely chopped leek with the addition of a few tablespoons of water, salt, and pepper; add the saffron previously dissolved in a little hot water.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente and sauté it in a pan with a mixture of cherries, leek sauce, and saffron. Scented with a few leaves of marjoram.

This is a very common and delicious Italian dish as you know Italians love Pasta and all the things related to it. Using saffron as a traditional ingredient in Italian culture and from the old times, Italians have always used saffron in order to give their foods a very special taste.

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