What is angel hair pasta?

Angel hair pasta (known as capelli d'angelo in Italy) is a long, thin noodle-shaped pasta. Similar to spaghetti, it is around a third of the length and resembles fine strings or 'hairs', hence the name.

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  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 250ml white wine
  • 2 tbsp mascarpone
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 150g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 100g angel hair or vermicelli pasta
  • chopped to serve basil or parsley


  • STEP 1

    In a deep, non-stick frying pan, heat a splash of olive oil and cook the garlic and prosciutto until golden. Crush the saffron in a small bowl and add 1 tbsp boiling water. Allow to sit for 1 minute and then add to the pan. Pour in the wine and season well.

  • STEP 2

    Reduce by half and then add the mascarpone, lemon and peas and heat through. Cook the pasta following the pack instructions. Drain well and add to the pan with the sauce. Serve with basil or parsley sprinkled over.


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