Orecchiette is the most famous pasta export Puglia and if you visit then you will have these in a variety of way! The translation of Orecchiette is Little Ears as you will see from the shape.
Orecchiette is so versatile you can have it in so many different ways. Here are some of our favourite:
Orecchiette with Cime di Rapa which is a stronger broccoli normally served with chilli.
Orecchiette with ricotta cheese; either served with a ragu or just as it is
Orecchiette with a simple tomato sauce.
Orecchiette with fennel sausage and nduja
Excellent, definitely reordering!
I was surprised at the lengthy cooking time advised for the orecchiette (18-20 mins) but it was spot on! I tried some a little sooner only to find raw pasta still at the centre of the thicker parts. At 20 mins it was perfect. Still some bite surrounded by soft luxurious pasta.
I made herbed pork & asparagus orecchiette with foraged wild garlic pesto from local woods and a sprinkling of pine nuts. Delicious!