Saffron Scented Cauliflower Pasta

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 teaspoon crushed saffron threads
1 cup boiling water
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 small onion diced
1 head cauliflower, chopper into bite size pieces
Salt an pepper to taste
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup pine nuts

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
Stir the saffron threads into the boiling water and cover. Set aside to steep for several minutes while proceeding with the recipe.
Toss the bread crumbs together with the melted butter and lay out evenly on a cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and crispy, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al denta; drain.
While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the chopped cauliflower and saffron water; season to taste with salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered, until the cauliflower has softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the raisins, pine nuts and cooked ziti. Pour into a serving dish and sprinkle with browned bread crumbs.

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