Wednesday’s Specials: My Love for Pasta is Back

Project Fairytale: Fried Tomato Garlic Orecchiette

Project Fairytale: Fried Tomato Garlic Orecchiette

I kinda miss pasta. I have prefered rice and cous cous lately. But I wasn’t very inspired by pasta recipes in the last period and I was waiting for something fresh and good-looking in the same time. And this recipe might be the answer: looks divine and seems heavenly delicious. I cannot wait to try it.

Project Fairytale: Fried tomato garlic orecchiette

Garlic Fried Tomato Orecchiette with Arugula

Serves 4

  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bulb garlic, (6-7 large cloves) thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tb crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 – 3 pints cherry tomatoes, halved, if small enough leave whole
  • 1 – 1/2 tb kosher salt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1/2 cup salted pasta water (It’s key to a serious pasta! Pasta water is added to help olive oil sauce emulsify and adhere to pasta)
  • 3/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 bunch arugula, heaping
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Garnish: For Serving
  • + basil leaves, top with more arugula, add splash of lemon juice, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with parmesan

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