'orecchiette' on Serious Eats

Orecchiette with Caramelized Turnips, Tuscan Kale, and Cracked Pepper from 'The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook'

This pasta dish from Tracey Medeiros's Vermont Farm Table Cookbook introduced a new element to my standard kale recipe mix: caramelized turnips. At first, I was turned off by the idea of pairing bitter greens with a bitter root vegetable, but then I remembered how turnips mellow and sweeten once cooked. Add in some serious maillard action to the turnips, and I realized this was a really clever way to make use of a New England staple crop. More

Dinner Tonight: Orecchiette with Lentils, Onions, and Spinach

There are many elements of this recipe from Gourmet that initially do not make sense, but two that immediately jumped out at me. First, let's talk about the lentils. I know the concept of adding a legume to a pasta dish doesn't sound like the best idea, but it works well with bucatini ai fagioli, and it worked here too. They provide an earthiness to the dish, and get lovingly stuck in the cups of the orecchiette. More

Dinner Tonight: Orecchiette with Peas, Prosciutto, and Crème Fraîche

Though cream is the ultimate cheater's ingredient in pasta—I regularly campaign against its inclusion in pasta carbonara—somehow crème fraîche is OK in my book. Like sour cream, it has that essential tang to temper the richness, yet it's lighter, sweeter, subtler. I can't imagine myself dolloping half a cup of sour cream into a bowl of pasta, but crème fraîche in this dish with fresh spring peas turns it into a decadent dinner. More

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