Orecchiette With Fresh Tomato Sauce – Bonus Post

27 Feb

It feels like a pasta kind of week.  And even though this is more of a summer dish, it is one of my favorite go-to’s all year.  The sauce is easy to make.  Orecchiette feels like an occasion pasta (even though it cooks pretty much just like the other types!).  The addition of the spinach makes it a good excuse for a one dish meal, especially on those days when that’s all you have time for.  And maybe, if we make it often enough, we can wish away the winter.  We’ve done a decent job of that so far this winter, anyway.

Orecchiette with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Olive oil

1 garlic clove, whole

2-3 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

2-3 cups of spinach

1 cup of chicken or vegetable stock (optional)

1-2 tablespoons of fresh chopped basil

1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2-3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

3/4 pounds of orecchiette pasta, cooked al dente (Generally speaking, you should not stir pasta too much as it cooks because it brings out the starch and makes it chewy.  One good stir at the beginning is enough.  But, orecchiette tend to stick together.  So, stir a few times throughout to be sure the pasta is not sticking.)


Heat a skillet to medium heat.  Coat with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.  Sauté garlic clove, 2-3 minutes (if the garlic starts to brown, lower the heat).  Add tomatoes.  Sauté until tomatoes soften and skin starts to break.  The tomatoes will naturally make a sauce.Add spinach.  Stir in spinach until wilted.  

If the sauce is dry, add stock.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Remove and discard garlic.  Add pasta, basil, and mozzarella cheese.

Toss.  Add to bowls.  Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Simple.  Easy.  Delicious.  Have a great week!


7 Responses to “Orecchiette With Fresh Tomato Sauce – Bonus Post”

  1. Mao February 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Good idea!!! It looks delicious…i will make it tonight since I’m feeling lazy and out of ideas for dinner.
    The chicken I took out from the freezer will have to wait until tomorrow to meet its final chapter!

  2. Kim February 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Looks great and easy!!! I’ll try it:)

    • Diz February 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Yes – I think you will love it. And you can throw in some chili flakes for extra spice if you would like!

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Fabianne February 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Orecchiete are my fave!

    • Diz March 1, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      I know – they are almost like gnocchi!

  4. arianne1220 February 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

    Orecchiete are my fave too! I had Mom’s orecchiete for dinner last night!
    Thanks for reminding me how to make a fresh tomato sauce, Diz. Looks delish.

    • Diz March 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Welcome! It’s so easy to do and fresh tasting!

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