Saffron pasta with eggplant, chicken, bell pepper, and pine nuts may look fancy, but it comes together very easily for a simple weeknight dinner!

Saffron Pasta with Chicken, Eggplant, and Bell Pepper

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Caroline Lindsey
Saffron pasta with eggplant, chicken, bell pepper, and pine nuts may look fancy, but it comes together very easily for a simple weeknight dinner!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut bell peppers into curved slices about 1-2 inches long. Cut eggplant into 1/2-inch slices and then into 1/2-inch by 1 1/2-inch pieces (see photo). 
    Saffron pasta with eggplant, chicken, bell pepper, and pine nuts may look fancy, but it comes together very easily for a simple weeknight dinner!
  • Preheat sauté pan to medium high. Coat chicken breast with 1 tbsp olive oil and season both sides with seasoned sea salt, about 1/4-1/2 tsp. Cook for 7 minutes per side or until cooked through. Let rest for 5 minutes and then slice.
  • While chicken is resting, add 2 tbsp olive oil to the pan and sauté vegetables over medium high heat 5-7 minutes or until softened. Season with 1/2-1 tsp seasoned sea salt.
  • Add pine nuts and cook until just toasted, about a minute.
  • Meanwhile, cook saffron pasta until al dente. Add pasta to the sauté pan with the veggies. Add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and toss until well combined. Add seasoned sea salt to taste.
  • Serve pasta topped with vegetables and chicken slices. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Notes

If you don't have fresh saffron pasta:
  • Make some fresh saffron pasta yourself.
  • Order some dried saffron pasta from Amazon.
  • Use regular fettuccine or linguini, but crumble a pinch of saffron threads into either your pasta water as you cook your noodles, or in with your veggies as you sauté them. 
  • Use saffron spray on regular linguini or fettuccine.  
  • Add a bit of turmeric into your pasta water for regular linguini or fettuccine - you'll have a slightly different flavor but you'll get that nice yellow color.
  • Use plain linguini or fettuccine.
If you don't have seasoned sea salt, make your own with:
  • 1 tbsp sea salt or kosher salt
  •  1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander seed
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes