How to make Saffron And Spinach Casserole -

Saffron and spinach cooked together in a casserole

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Macaroni (मैकारोनी), Saffron (kesar) (केसर)

Cuisine : American

Course : Main Course Vegetarian

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Saffron And Spinach Casserole

Saffron And Spinach Casserole Recipe Card


The cuisine of The United States is a rich amalgamation of peoples, religions and cultures thanks to the immigrants from different parts of the world.  They brought with them their local ingredients as well as cooking styles with them.  Yet amidst all these varieties Chinese and Italian cuisines dominate.  
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Americans developed a number of new foods.  What characterised the American cuisine is the adaptation of a fusion of multiple ethnic cooking styles. During this period food production and presentation became more industrialised.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Saffron And Spinach Casserole Recipe

  • Macaroni boiled 250 grams

  • Saffron (kesar) a pinch

  • Spinach blanched and pureed 1/2 bunch

  • Butter 3 tablespoons

  • Refined flour (maida) 1 tablespoon

  • Milk 1 1/2 cups

  • Nutmeg grated a pinch

  • Cheese 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Black peppercorns freshly ground to taste

  • Garlic finely chopped 15 cloves

  • Onion finely chopped 1 large

  • French beans blanched and cut into diamonds 12-15

  • Zucchini blanched and cut into diamonds 1 medium

  • Carrots blanched and cut into diamonds 2 medium

  • Broccoli blanched 1/2 medium floret


Step 1

Heat one tablespoon of butter and lightly sauté maida. Gradually add one cup of milk and stir continuously so that no lumps remain. Add nutmeg, one fourth of the cheese, salt and some freshly crushed black peppercorns.

Step 2

This is mornay sauce. Heat one tablespoon of butter in a pan. Add chopped garlic, sauté till golden brown. Add chopped onions and sauté again till golden brown. Add French beans, broccoli, zucchini and salt and sauté well. Add some mornay sauce, quarter cup of milk and mix well. Add spinach puree and some freshly crushed black peppercorns, grated nutmeg and mix well.

Step 3

In an oven proof dish, pour the green vegetable mixture. In another pan, heat one tablespoon of butter and sauté carrots. Add boiled pasta, some mornay sauce, remaining milk and mix well. Add salt and saffron. Cook for sometime and add some freshly crushed black peppercorns.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 180° C. Spread grated cheese on the green vegetable mixture and then pour the carrots-pasta mixture over it. Again spread a layer of grated cheese and bake for ten to fifteen minutes in the preheated oven till the cheese melts and turns golden.

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