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Saffron-Laced Pastina



Dissolve saffron in olive oil and let stand about 15 minutes.
Add garlic, lemon juice, cumin, turmeric, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
Set aside.
Cook pasta in 3 quarts boiling water until very al dente.
Drain and rinse well in cold water, then drain again.
Place in a large bowl and toss with saffron-flavored oil.
Cool to room temperature, occasionally stirring the pasta to coat thoroughly.
Add pine nuts, drained currants, chopped mint, parsley, and coriander to pasta.
Serve at room temperature garnished with mint sprigs or leaves and pomegranate seeds, if available.
Sprinkle lightly with orange blossom water just before serving.