Top Rated Orecchiette Recipes

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
Orecchiette, which means "little ears" (a reference to their round, concave shape), is a regional symbol of Puglia. Traditionally, orecchiette are homemade. The combination of native, hard-wheat flour, and water (instead of egg) yields a firm-textured pasta. The orecchiette are sauced with broccoli rabe that is cooked in olive oil seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes, and chopped anchovy. (Anchovy is often used in combination with broccoli rabe and other bitter greens because the rich, salty flavor of the anchovy mellows the bitter taste of the vegetable.) The dish is finished with grated pecorino, and, classically, with fried breadcrumbs. Crumbled sausage may be added; it also balances the bitterness of the broccoli. The broccoli rabe is traditionally blanched in the water in which the pasta will be cooked, which serves to infuse the pasta with the flavor of the vegetable. Click here to see 15 Easy 15-Minute Pasta Recipes.
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Orecchiette Pasta with Ground Lamb, Broccolini, and Pecorino
Switch up the flavor profiles of your favorite dishes by adding ground lamb instead of ground beef. Broccolini looks similar to broccoli, but has longer, thinner stems and smaller florets. Recipe courtesy of the American Lamb Board.
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Don’t you love recipes that can be thrown together in minutes, yet are healthful and over-the-top delicious? This orecchiette easily fulfills all the above conditions. The tender yet robust chickpeas happily provide protein even as the copious amounts of spinach leaves lighten the load. The sweet pimentón coats everything with its seductive smokiness, while the shavings of nutty manchego cheese and the drizzle of herbaceous olive oil made with the delicate Arbequina Spanish olives bestow the perfect last touch. Hearty, smoky, and savory, this pasta dish delivers heaps of flavor and leaves you feeling utterly satisfied.
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The shape of orecchiette pasta is perfect for holding the savory sauce made from the mushrooms as they cook. If you have any leftovers, serve them at room temperature the next day.
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This recipe is one of Chef
 Fausto Ferraresi’s favorite 
winter pastas. It Colatura d’Alici, a highly concentrated anchovy 
syrup produced in the small town of Cetara on the Amalfi coast. Colatura
d’Alici and anchovies adds a lot of flavor to 
this meatless meal. Recipe courtesy of Chef Fausto Ferraresi of The Leopard at Des Artistes
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Orecchiette pasta
This dish is a riff on a delicious creation at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. The salty sun-dried tomatoes, fresh and bright broccoli, and small morsels of garlicky grilled chicken combine to make a complete, flavorful meal. You can use any short pasta here — I used orecchiette, the restaurant uses conchiglie. The dish is extremely easy to put together and lends itself well to making a big batch and bringing the leftovers to work the next day for a filling and hearty lunch.  Click here to see 8 Tasty Lunch Ideas for Work.
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The maple syrup in this recipe is subtle enough so that you won't feel like you're eating breakfast, but it's just the right amount of sweetness to complement the creamy sauce and hot pepper flakes.  Click here to see Cooking with Maple Syrup — 8 Recipes.
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Feta Summer Pasta
Perfect as a main or a side, this is a great pasta that has an easy no-cook sauce and is filled with some of summer's best produce. The fresh arugula and spinach add a nice bite at the end. 
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Starch from the cannellini beans helps to create a creamy, thick sauce with the chicken stock, and will make you think as if you're enjoying something indulgent. For a healthier version of this pasta, skip the sausage and add another vegetable such as onions or a spicy pepper.
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Crispy Sriracha Mac and Cheese
This hearty recipe is a great warm and spicy treat for the mid-week winter blues. Play around with ingredients to make it spicier, creamier, or cheesier! Click here to see 7 Easy Sriracha Recipes.
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Victoria Granof
Protein-rich garbanzo flour can be found at health-food grocers (such as Whole Foods).
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By Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers
It is important to cut the broccoli flowerets into pieces small enough to fit into the hollow of the orecchiette.
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