Orecchiette with Za’atar Lamb Ragu and Smoked Harissa Chickpeas

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Explore North African ingredients za’atar and harissa in this aromatic lamb sauce. They’re a culinary cousin of southern Italian flavors.


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

Toss the plum tomatoes with 1/2 cup oil and season with salt. Spread on a sheet pan and roast at 425 degrees until well caramelized. Remove and cool.

Step 3

In a pot, saute onion and garlic with remaining 1/4 cup oil until translucent. Add lamb and saute until browned. Deglaze with the wine and let it reduce. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and za'atar and cover with water. Season with pepper flakes and simmer until flavorful, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Step 4

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 cup pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a pan with lamb sauce. Fold in 1 Tbsp cheese and plate. Garnish with more cheese and 2 to 3 Tbsp chickpeas.


  • 4 lb. Barilla Collezione Orecchiette
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 lb. plum tomatoes, blanched, peeled, halved
  • Salt
  • 4 small onions, diced
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 qt. dry red wine
  • 4 cups sundried tomatoes, rehydrated
  • 1/2 cup za'atar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups grated romano cheese
  • 4 cups smoked harissa chickpeas, crushed
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 615
Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g
Saturated Fat 10g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 61mg
Sodium 1006mg
Total Carbohydrate 70g
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 10g
Protein 33g

Vitamin A 23%
Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 15%
Iron 38%
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.