I have made today’s recipe several times in the past, and it’s one of my favorites because of it’s simplicity. This dish requires minimal ingredients, yet delivers a ton of flavor in every bite!
This recipe called for “orecchiette” pasta. I learned from the Italian queen of cooking, Giada DeLaurentiis, that the word “orecchiette” comes from the Italian word for “ear.”
And these little pieces of pasta do look like little ears.
However, it Brandon’s opinion, they look more like Derby hats.
I wonder how you say “hat” in Italian?
Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Peppers
(Modified from Martha Stewart’s Great Food Fast)
- 1 pound orecchiette pasta
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed (I used a combination of pork and chicken sausage, but you could use pork or chicken sausage.)
- 1 jar roasted red peppers (see picture above)
- 2 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper
- Parmesan cheese, for serving
- Cook pasta according to the package’s directions. When you drain it, save about 1/2 cup pasta water.
- In the meantime, slice your red peppers into thin slices.
- Remove sausage from casing (Don’t ask me why, but I always thought this would be tricky. It’s not. Run a knife down the sausage and then pull off that outer “skin” and throw away. No biggie.).
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until brown, breaking apart with a spoon as it cooks.
- Add the peppers and cook for just another minute or two, until heated through.
- Cut your butter into small pieces and put in the bottom of a large bowl. Then add your pasta, sausage, and peppers. Add pasta water and stir everything to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spoon onto serving plates and sprinkle with parmesan cheese (I have found that if you add the cheese when the pasta is still in the big bowl, it sticks to the bowl and not the pasta. No good.).
This meal also reheats really well. We had the leftovers the next day and enjoyed it just as much as the first time around!
Question for ya …
Have you ever cooked with orecchiette?
Are you a Giada fan?
Favorite Italian dish?