Orecchiette with Calabrian Chili Sauce, Parmesan, Mint, and Basil

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Calabrian chiles are the mature version of pepperoncini, with a spicy fruity flavor. You can buy them marinated or as paste or powder. Adding them to tomatoes makes for a zesty sauce.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

In a pot, heat the oil and saute the garlic and chili paste for 2 or 3 minutes. Add the San Marzano and cherry tomatoes and 6 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes break down and make a good sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 1/2 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a pan with some of the tomato sauce. Thin with pasta cooking water, as needed. Heat through and plate.

Step 4

Garnish with 2 tablespoons Parmesan and some mint and basil.


  • 6 lb. Barilla Collezione Orecchiette
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons Calabrian chili paste
  • 10 1/2 lbs. canned San Marzano tomatoes
  • 6 pints yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 6 tablespoons chiffonade fresh mint
  • 6 tablespoons chiffonade fresh basil

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 553
Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 9mg
Sodium 768mg
Total Carbohydrate 88g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 11g
Protein 26g

Vitamin A 15%
Vitamin C 45%
Calcium 22%
Iron 43%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.