11 Best Orecchiette Recipes

11 Best Orecchiette Recipes

If you’re looking for Orecchiette recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

Meaning “little ears” in Italian, Orecchiette is a lovable ear-shaped pasta from Southern Italy. Its concave disk shape makes it the perfect cut for scooping up rich and creamy Parmesan cheese sauces, chunky tomato sauces and small bites of ingredients like sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts—to name a few. One of the most well-known classic Italian Orecchiette pasta recipes is an olive-oil-based sauce featuring broccoli rabe, Italian sausage and red pepper flakes.

Here are 11 of our best Orecchiette recipes for you to try.

Orecchiette pasta with peas and pesto

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This Orecchiette recipe is a veggie-loaded dream pasta dish featuring fragrant basil pesto sauce, chunky San Marzano tomatoes, our Roasted Pepper Bruschetta and a jar of pine nuts. Orecchiette is the perfect pasta shape for scooping up this chunky vegetable-packed tomato sauce.

If you’re looking to get your greens in, this Orecchiette recipe will do the trick. We combine our lovable ear-shaped pasta with your favorite green veggies—sweet peas, broccoli rabe and chopped green onion. Top it off with our Simply Pesto® Traditional Basil Sauce for an incredible pasta dish easy enough for any night of the week.

This pasta dish is another example of how our favorite small ear pasta can shine. Orecchiette pasta adds the perfect chewy texture alongside a brothy sauce of chickpeas, tomatoes and tangy Eggplant Caponata. This protein-packed pasta sauce is perfect for meatless Monday, but it’s so delicious you might want it every night of the week.

For an Orecchiette pasta recipe that features some of your favorite Italian flavors, look no further than this one. Spicy pork sausage, tender stalks of bitter broccoli rabe, nutty Granino cheese and red pepper flakes come together for a hearty comfort food.

This Orecchiette recipe delivers the perfect marriage of textures and flavors. We dress al dente Orecchiette pasta in a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce with flecks of salty chopped pancetta and sweet green peas. Small ears are the ideal pasta shape for scooping up every part of this sauce to guarantee the best bite every bite.

If you’re craving a comfort food that is as tasty as it is easy to whip up, this tomato soup with a twist is it. Starring roasted eggplant, white beans, kale and your favorite ear-shaped pasta, this veggie-packed pasta creation is one for the recipe box!

Give your dinner table something to talk about with this colorful Orecchiette pasta recipe. Whether you’re in need of a Meatless Monday meal or just a new pasta night star, this pasta dish won’t disappoint. Fresh mozzarella, spinach, juicy grape tomatoes, chickpeas… what’s not to love?

Inspired by the big bold flavors of Southern Italian cuisine, this Orecchiette recipe combines pleasantly bitter greens with spicy Calabrian chilies and grated Pecorino Romano cheese in a garlicky olive oil sauce. This one truly captures the heart of authentic Italian cuisine.

Inspired by swoon-worthy fall flavors, this smoky-sweet Orecchiette pasta recipe is ready to warm up your dinner crew. We’ve created a creamy Carbonara of roasted cauliflower, savory pancetta, kale, fresh garlic and grated Parmesan cheese. Don’t forget the red pepper flakes for a colorful kick.

A classic Italian take on the American “ham and beans” recipe, this orecchiette pasta dish features salty pancetta, chickpeas and Roman beans in a garlicky olive oil sauce. Simple, yet elegant and sure to satisfy any hungry crowd.

Spice up your weeknight menu with a classic Italian comfort food: Orecchiette with spicy Italian sausage. Ready to fill you up in no time, this easy-to-make orecchiette recipe comes through with savory crumbled sausage, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese in a bright and tangy tomato sauce.