In Italian, orecchiette means “little ears!” Paired with some homemade pesto and broccolini, this is an easy, go-to dinner recipe.
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Orecchiette with Almond Pesto
RECIPE COURTESY OF GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
Total: 30 min
Active: 20 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup roasted unsalted almonds
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/3-inch dice
1 pound orecchiette pasta
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season well with salt. Add the broccoli rabe to the water and simmer until the stem is just tender when pierced with a knife, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a rimmed baking sheet to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out any extra water with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.
Add the almonds to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped, 5 or 6 times. Add the basil, oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Puree until combined and almost smooth. Pour the pesto into a large bowl. Add the Parmigiano-Reggiano, broccoli rabe and mozzarella and toss well to combine.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season liberally with salt. Add the orecchiette and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon or a pasta spider, transfer the pasta directly to the bowl with the pesto. Add 1/2 cup of the pasta water and 1/2 teaspoon salt and toss everything together until evenly coated.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
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