Fancy Pants Pasta Salad

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Welcome to Claire's: 35 Years of Recipes and Reflections from the Landmark Vegetarian Restaurant

By Claire Criscuolo

Published 2014

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A favorite manager of ours, Kathleen, always comes up with fun names for her dishes, such as “Top Notch” and “Fancy Pants.” Whenever a recipe has “fancy” ingredients she refers to the dish as Fancy Pants. Saffron is expensive, incredibly flavorful, and indeed fancy.


  • salt
  • 1 pound organic Italian pasta (I like to use Bionaturae gobetti)
  • 2 cups fresh


  1. Bring 8 quarts of lightly salted water to a boil in a large covered pot over high heat. Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente or to your preference. If using fresh peas, add the peas to the pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta (and