Saffron Pasta with Pork and Tomato Sauce

Saffron Pasta with Pork and Tomato Sauce
Photo by Brian Leatart


  • 1 cup freshly grated pecorino Sardo or pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 ounces pancetta or bacon
  • 1 ½ teaspoons saffron threads
  • + 4 more ingredients
    • ¼ cup fresh Italian parsley
    • 12 ounces gnocchi-shaped pasta, orecchiette (little ear-shaped pasta), or medium pasta shells
    • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta; sauté until fat is rendered, about 3 minutes. Add onion and parsley and sauté until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add ground pork and sauté until brown, breaking up with back of fork, about 8 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, bay ...

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