Saturday, October 26, 2013

small ears.

oreccheitte pasta has always been a favorite macaroni of mine because of the shape. those small little ears gives just the right amount of pasta in each bite and, bonus? you can pierce it with a fork or scoop it up with a spoon! i experimented with making a salad with some ingredients i had on hand and ended up with a great tangy recipe that i adore. when cooking the pasta, make sure to use plenty of olive oil or butter so that the orecchiette doesn't stick together when cooking (urgh...mine did, lol).


Italian Orecchiette Salad with Tomato, Basil, and Arugula.
(makes 6 to 8 servings)

for dressing:
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp italian dressing (used wishbone)
1 tbsp lime juice (only had the bottled kind at the time, so used that)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground pepper (used mccormick's peppercorn medley)
1 tsp dried parsley (or you can use fresh italian parsley, about 2-3 sprigs)

4 cups cooked orecchiette pasta
1 clamshell grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup red onion, chopped or sliced

1 small sprig fresh basil, slivered
2 large handfuls of arugula
1 cup shaved parmesan

Combine the ingredients for the dressing, whisking together well. Add the orecchiette, tomatoes, and onion to the dressing and season to taste by using the listed seasonings. Refrigerate overnight (or at least an hour) for the flavors to develop. Right before serving, gently fold in arugula, basil, and shaved parmesan. Best served chilled.

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