Saffron Garganelli in Pesto Sauce

Garganelli is an egg based tubular pasta and here it is flavoured with saffron and served with white sauce and pesto sauce. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Saffron Garganelli in Pesto Sauce

Main Ingredients Refined flour (maida), Olive oil
Cuisine Italian
Course Noodles and Pastas
Prep Time 16-20 minutes
Cook time 1-1.30 hour
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Saffron Garganelli in Pesto Sauce

  • 100 grams Refined flour (maida)
  • 2 tablespo teaspoon Olive oil
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8-10 saffron strands soaked in water
  • 1/2 cup White sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Pesto sauce
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • to taste Crushed black peppercorns
  • for shallow frying Parmesan shavings
  • A sprig for garnishing Basil leaves


  1. Separate egg white and yolk from one egg and set aside.
  2. In a bowl take flour, add salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add one whole egg and knead to form dough.
  3. Add one more yolk and saffron water to the dough and knead again. Kling film the dough and rest for twenty to thirty minutes.
  4. Roll the dough nearly to 0.1 mm thickness. Trim the sides and cut the dough into two inch squares.
  5. Apply egg white to one corner of a square. Place a chopstick on the opposite side of the applied egg white and roll it tightly. Remove the chopstick. So acquired shape of pasta is garganelli. Similarly do the rest.
  6. Boil 6 cups of water with salt and 1 teaspoon olive oil, add pasta. When the pasta rises to the surface remove them with a slotted spoon and refresh in cold water. Drain and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, mix well. Set aside
  7. In a non-stick pan add the white sauce and milk, mix well. Add pesto mix well again.
  8. Add the pasta toss. Add salt and pepper, toss again. Serve hot.
  9. Garnished with parmesan shavings and basil sprig.