Main Pasta

Pasta with Ham, Zucchini, Saffron or Farfalle Zucchine, Speck e Zafferano

How to prepare the real Italian recipe of “Farfalle” Pasta with Speck, Zucchini and Saffron or “Pasta con Zucchine, Speck e Zafferano”


A delicious pasta dish with Zucchini, Speck, Saffron. Speck is a smocked ham typically from the North of Italy, which is simply delicious. A very special cured ham. This is an everyday pasta easy to make and a great healthy choice for a lunch at home. A good idea if don’t have much time to cook and wish to have a healthy meal. This pasta brings back lots of wonderful childhood memories. A very nice option for a quick lunch with family and friends!

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 400 grams Farfalle Pasta
  • 120 grams of Speck  Ham, if you can’t find the smocked Speck Ham, cured Parma Ham can be a substitute
  • 5 Zucchini
  • ½ Blonde Onion
  • 16 grams of Saffron
  • grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley
  • 4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt as preferred


1. Cut the zucchini into thin slices, chop the parsley, chop the onion and Speck ham into thin strips. In a pan, brown the onion in the oil (do not burn them!) then add the Speck ham and parsley and cook for some minutes, add the zucchini and a pinch of salt.

2. Cook the Pasta in boiling water with salt, as from instructions on package, when Farfalle are cooked “al dente” add the Pasta into the pan with the sauce with a little of the cooking water and stir adding a little of the saffron powder. Before serving, add a handful of grated Parmesan. Enjoy hot.

Posted by Nicoletta and Tiziana

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