Orecchiette With Sun-Dried and Fresh Cherry Tomatoes


250 grams orecchiette
250 grams cherry tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
3 basil leaves
salt to taste


In a large frying pan, brown the garlic powder in the heated oil. Toss the sun-dried tomatoes into the frying pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes. Add the cherry tomatoes, oregano and chili pepper and cook covered for about 10-15 minutes or till the cherry tomatoes are tender, adding water if necessary to prevent tomates from sticking onthe bottom of the pan. Add the basil leaves and salt to taste.
In the meantime, you have brought water to the boil in a large saucepan. When water boils, add a pinch of coarse salt (according to taste) and the orecchiette. Let them cook till al dente (or according to instructions). Drain them and stir them into the frying pan together with the tomatoes sauce. Sauté for about 1-2 minutes, then serve.
According to taste, you can serve the orecchiette with grated pecorino cheese.


I made this recipe by chance. I needed to prepare something easy and quick for lunch, but I had very little left in the fridge: only cherry tomatoes and some sun-dried tomatoes in oil from Calabria, plus half a package of fresh orecchiette. Why not try to make somehting different than the usual tomato sauce? Moreover, my husband adores sun-dried tomatoes. Well, a recipe created by chance was an incredible success at home and my husband now begs me to cook it almost every week!




Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 2:48am


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