Orecchiette Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta Cheese

PhotobucketA disk shaped pasta native to the Puglia, Italy’s boot heel region, orecchiette comes from the Italian word, orecchio, meaning little ears. Pronounced oh-reck-ee-ET-tay, this type of pasta is perfect for vegetable sauces. It’s a lovely sight to see the sauce cling to and nestle in the cavities of the orecchiette. Because this dish has only a few simple ingredients, be sure to buy quality- Parmigiana Reggiano, a good extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil and almost over-ripe cherry tomatoes. Buy fresh pine nuts for this dish as they are prone to rancid quite quickly. Adapted from “Italian Two Easy, Simple Recipes From the London River Cafe” by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers. Serves 4.Ingredients12 ounces ripe cherry tomatoes1 clove garlic, minced2 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese3 tablespoons fresh small basil leaves1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1 cup ricotta cheese2 tablespoons toasted pine nutsSalt and freshly ground pepper, to taste11 ounces orecchiette or a similar pasta, such as a small shell type pastaHow to MakeBring six quarts of water to boil. Add salt.Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and squeeze out the juice and seeds. Mince the garlic. Combine the tomatoes and garlic in a small bowl and marinate for 15 minutes. Place the ricotta in a bowl, season with salt and pepper. When water has boiled, add orecchiette and cook until al dente. Drain. Gently heat the tomatoes, add the drained orecchiette, stirring to combine. Stir in the ricotta. Divide among four pasta dishes, garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and the toasted pine nuts.Buon appetito!

1 Comment

  1. pityenlacocina
    September 28, 2009 / 4:59 pm

    oh my! my mouth is watering right now, after looking at this photo, what a lovely plate of pasta, ad healthy too, very interesting blog, i will be coming back, cheers from london,pity

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