Orecchiette with Cauliflower, Toasted Pine Nuts & Romano Cheese2017-01-03
- Cuisine: Traditional Italian, Type: Entrée, Product Line: Barilla® Collezione, Barilla® Traditional Semolina
Orecchiette, or “little ears,” are the signature pasta of the Puglia region, on the heel of the Italian boot. They’re most often served in simple, flavorful dishes like the classic broccoli rabe and Italian sausage, or this vegetarian take with cauliflower, toasted pine nuts, and pecorino romano. It’s a great example of how the sparse, rustic cooking of Southern Italy brings out the most flavor from a few simple ingredients.
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.
Toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet until light brown. Set aside.
Working in batches, blanch the cauliflower in boiling water for about 8 minutes, until it's crisp-tender. Drain and shock in ice water. Drain and spread on a sheet tray to dry.
For each serving, to order: Heat 2 tsp. oil and sweat some onions until translucent. Add a pinch of garlic and saute until tender. Add 3/4 cup cauliflower and raise the heat to high. Season with salt and pepper and saute until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, reheat 1 1/3 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add it to the cauliflower pan with a few tablespoons of cooking water. Stir in a pinch each of parsley and basil, plus 2 tsp pine nuts. Toss and warm through.
Plate and garnish with romano and a drizzle of olive oil.
- 4 lb. Barilla Orecchiette
- 4 cups pine nuts
- 20 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 small yellow onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 16 leaves fresh basil, chiffonade
- 1 1/3 cups grate pecorino romano
Chef Recommended Cuts
- Medium Shells
This information is per serving.
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.