Skip to main content
https://demuths.co.uk/blog/orecchiette
+44 (0)1225 427938
6 Terrace Walk, Bath, BA1 1LN

Orecchiette Pasta

Orecchiette is the most traditional of the hand-made Southern Italian pastas. It gets its name for being shaped like a "small ear." Made with just flour and water, it's perfect for vegans! If you're interested in vegan or traditional Italian cookery, do take a look at our upcoming classes.

Orecchiette WebRes-7954

Orecchiette

Ingredients

  • 300g pasta flour
  • 100ml warm water to mix

Orecchiette WebRes-8013

Method

  1. Mix the flour with the warm water to make a firm dough.
  2. Shape into 6 sausages and roll on a board dusted with flour to the diameter of a centimetre.
  3. Cut into 1 cm long pieces and then using the rounded point of a knife, push them into the little ear shape.
  4. Turn the inside out with the help of your forefinger tip, so that the concave part of the pasta is smooth, while the convex part is rough.
  5. Leave the orecchiette to dry on a floured board before cooking.
  6. Cook the orecchiette in plenty of salted water, drain and mix with tomato sauce. Or try it with homemade sauce in Orecchiette with Purple Sprouting Broccoli.

Orecchiette WebRes-8027

Tips

  • To make macaroni, roll as for orecchiette and then cut into 2 ½ cm lengths and then with a thin square edged rod, hold with your left hand and roll the pasta length on to the rod. Slip the pasta roll off the rod and leave to dry.
  • To make Sagna Incannulata, roll out a piece of dough thinly with a rolling pin, slice into 2 cm wide and 10 cm long pieces and curl them like a twisted ribbon and leave to dry.

Orecchiette WebRes-8044

Photos by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures

Related articles

Spinach Malfatti with Saffron-Roasted Fennel

Spinach Malfatti with Saffron-Roasted Fennel

05.05.22

Malfatti are misshapen gnocchi, so don’t worry if yours are not perfect rounds! Make them when you have lots of

Borscht Beetroot Soup

Borscht Beetroot Soup

08.02.22

Borscht originates from Eastern Europe where each country, and even each household, will have their variation of this hearty

Tempeh Curry with Turmeric Coconut Rice

Tempeh Curry with Turmeric Coconut Rice

04.01.22

This Indonesian tempeh curry is creamy with coconut milk and rich in protein from the tempeh. In Indonesia, tempeh