Creamy Saffron Linguine & Prawns

If you’re looking for a fancilious holiday dinner idea, I highly recommend this easy meal. I promise you can do it! The hardest thing is peeling & deveining the shrimp. I sautéed the shrimp with a homemade tomato sauce, but you could certainly use store bought. To make it extra special I topped it with lightly browned Italian chickpea crumbs and lemon zest. Amazing flavors and so festive!

Creamy Saffron Linguine & Prawns

Category: ENTREES, Pasta, Seafood

Creamy Saffron Linguine & Prawns


  • 1 lb linguine prepared according to package directions (minus 1 minute)
  • 4 TBS water
  • 1 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 2 TBS grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Sea salt & cracked pepper, to taste
  • 12 large prawns, deveined with tails left on
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs or chickpea crumbs mixed with 1 TBS lemon zest


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. If the package says to cook 10-12 minutes, subtract 1 minute (cooking for 9 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of cooking liquid and drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, bring 4 TBS of filtered water to boil in a small dish in the microwave. Place saffron in the water. Let steep for several minutes.
  3. Add the cream to the saffron & water. Cook over medium heat until it is at a simmer. Add the Parmesan & lemon zest. Lower heat & simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Heat 1 TBS of olive oil in a sauté pan on medium heat. Add the prawns & cook on both sides. Add marinara & cook until it bubbles a little. Toss the shrimp and sauce together. Turn heat to a low simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove cream from heat. While whisking, add the eggs yolks. Return the saucepan to the stove & turn heat to low simmer. Simmer for 1-2 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken.
  6. Add the drained pasta to cream mixture and toss. Use cooking water to thin, if needed. The pasta is going to soak up the sauce.
  7. Heat the bread or chickpea crumbs & lemon zest in a sauté pan, until lightly browned.
  8. Place portions of the creamy linguine in pasta bowl. Place 3 of the prawns on the side of the pasta. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of prepared bread crumbs on top. Garnish with Italian parsley.

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