An Addiction, and it’s not to the Corn: Creamy Saffron Tagliatelle with Corn

It was touch and go there for a bit. The words “rock bottom” come to mind. But I’m happy to report that I’ve made it out of my rabbit hole called Pinterest. I know- it’s been a while since there’s been a recipe on this page, but here’s what happened:  I downloaded Pinterest’s iPad app. So seamless, so beautiful, so, so, so much to look at and really, it’s been a downward spiral since then. Night after night of pinning, getting sucked into recipes, fashion, crafts and just plain cool stuff, I just couldn’t stop myself. Eventually, I knew I was in a bad place when my husband found me, barely clothed, hiding inside the closet, an open bag of Bugles and yesterday’s food still stuck to my cheeks, holding only my iPad, pinning, pinning, pinning. Luckily, he pulled me out of the closet, threw me into the  shower and woke me up from my Pinterest-induced stupor. It was tough for the next few days. Eyeing the iPad from across the room, wondering what I was missing, what new things have come across the “popular” page, but I made it through. And I’m happy to report now that I have been a successful moderate user of Pinterest for the last week.

The upside of this escapade is the inspiration I’ve found for future meals. My “Recipes to Try” page has just exploded and I’m geared up for end of summer recipes and looking forward to all the great fall produce. I’ve formed a support group now and I have a fellow pinner to call if I feel like I’m slipping. So I think I’m OK. But in the meantime, check out this little gem I came across during my episode. Bursting with corn flavor, this was a winner. Did the kids like it? Once again, they were hesitant. But I think this is one of those recipes where next time they might be more apt to give it a try. It’s pretty low on the scary-food scale (corn, pasta, cheese- should be an easy sell) and so, so delicious. Definitely will be making this again before the end of all that beautiful summer corn.

Creamy Saffron Tagliatelle with Corn

Oh, how I loathe Rachel Ray, but I have to give this one to her. It’s really good.

1 1/2 cups veggie stock

2 pinches saffron

1 lb. egg noodles

3 ears corn

2 T olive oil

2 T butter

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic

1 t thyme

1 T flour

1 T lemon zest

1/2 cup white wine

1/4 cup heavy cream

handful of parmesan

Bring veggie stock to boil with the saffron. Lower the heat and simmer to reduce by a third. Boil water for pasta and follow pasta directions. Save a ladle full of water.

Cut corn off of cobs. In a big skillet, heat oil and butter and add corn. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add shallots, garlic, salt, pepper and thyme. Cook 3 more minutes. Stir in flour for a minute, add lemon zest. Add wine and stir. Stir in saffron broth and cream and stir a few times and turn off heat.

Stir parmesan into sauce and add pasta and toss with some reserved cooking water. Top with additional cheese and serve.


13 thoughts on “An Addiction, and it’s not to the Corn: Creamy Saffron Tagliatelle with Corn

  1. I have had good luck with the corn/pasta/olive oil/salt combo with my kids; this looks like a nice way to dress it up for the grow ups as well! I have been making it with pearl couscous so everything’s the same size, the kids think that’s cute. How do I find you on Pinterest? I’m just starting to see why people like it. (I’m at

    1. Pearl couscous. Great idea! You can find me at
      I’m going to look you up now. Uh-oh- husband’s out. Kids asleep- about to hit up pinterest…

  2. I was wondering what we might have lost you to – never imagined it was Pinterest! After a couple weeks spending way too much time looking at things I have theoretically abandoned Pinterest ship. I don’t think I can be a “I’ll just have one” pinner! I also had to delete Tetris from my iPhone, but that is another story. Anyway we missed you and this looks amazing! We are headed back east to corn country and I am forwarding this link to my mother in law – should be trying it next week!! Yum.

  3. I love pinterest too, but use it as a sort of filing cabinet for recipes I want to try someday. I try to pin only recipes that feature healthy ingredients. i’ve made several things from pinterest and I’m sure I’ll make many more – some GREAT ideas out there!

  4. So, speaking of Pinterest! — My Pinterest says I pinned this recipe 9 MONTHS ago, and only just made it for the first time this weekend. I’m so glad I finally did! This is a new favorite in our household 🙂 Awesome recipe, and not difficult at all. I chopped everything and had it all ready to go and managed to cook this gracefully even while guests were milling around the house. It was part of my Father’s Day dinner menu with crab cakes, a big green salad, and a fresh apricot tart for dessert. This was my favorite part of the meal by far! Thank you!

    1. So glad you liked the recipe! Haven’t updated my blog in quite some time with my new baby taking up every spare minute but your comment makes me think I should get it going again!

      So thank YOU!


      Sent from my iPhone

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