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Orecchiette with Peas and Onions | Puglia on a Plate|

ORECCHIETTE, PEAS AND ONIONS

Orecchiette, Peas, and Onions are a marriage made in heaven.  Fresh English peas paired with a flavorful onion is simply amazing.  With this in mind, let’s add pancetta, and a fun pasta, orecchiette.  Unsurprisingly, the name literally means “little ears” when you see this pasta it makes complete sense.  What we will find is a simple amazing plate.  Served as a primi, or starter, or as a simple main, it’s a plate to please all.

Due to the utter simplicity, this dish I have found fresh peas are the best.  In a pinch though, I have used frozen and it will still be nice. In my pasta making trials, I have endeavored to make orecchiette before, but without great effect.  Currently, I purchase a well-made organic one, if you know the secret I’m ready to learn.

Orecchiette with Peas and Onions

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By Rick Britt Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes

In my house, whenever we don’t know what to make for dinner, we opt for a pasta dish. We keep a pretty well-stocked pantry, so this is often the simplest thing. Making the same pasta dish all the time though can become pretty boring, so we like to try different varieties.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz (170g) fresh English peas (frozen in a pinch)
  • ½ white onion diced
  • 4 oz (115g) pancetta cubed
  • 8 oz (226g) Orecchiette

Instructions

1

Bring a large stockpot of salty water to boil

2

In a large sauté pan over medium heat add a small amount of olive oil, brown pancetta when about done add onion and cook until translucent, taking care not to brown the onion

3

Add the orecchiette to the water cook as directed

4

Add peas into the sauté and a ¼ glass of water (just enough to barely cover the peas)

5

Allow the water to cook off the mixture

6

Using a steel spider strainer or slotted spoon, scoop the slightly undercooked pasta directly from the water to the sauté pan, add a ladle full of water, and stir

7

Add 3-4 good grinds of black pepper

8

Allow the water to evaporate cooking the orecchiette, and melding the flavors this will create a basic sauce as well, if you need more time to cook the pasta, just add a bit more water

9

Adjust the seasoning and serve in a bowl

10

Top with a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh chopped parsley

 

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