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  • Serves 6
  • 20 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 4 Ingredients

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This simple egg free pasta is quick and easy to prepare, and only takes minutes to cook! Orecchiette is a variety of home-made pasta typical of Apulia, a region of southern Italy. Its name comes from its shape, which resembles a small ear.


Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1 cup Semolina flour/fine
  • 1 cup Plain flour
  • 1/2 cup Lukewarm water
  • 1 pinch salt

Method

  1. Mix semolina and flour in a bowl and form a well in center.
  2. Add water and salt to well.
  3. Use fork to mix until dough is formed – some semolina won’t mix in!
  4. Flour your cutting board (or just use the bench) and put dough onto it.
  5. Knead dough, adding semolina from bowl as necessary until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes.
  6. Divide dough into 6 pieces and wrap separately in plastic wrap.
  7. Dust you hands with some flour.
  8. Remove plastic wrap from 1 piece of dough and roll between your hands to create a long snake 1cm wide.
  9. With a sharp knife cut into ½ cm pieces, separating pieces as cut so they are no longer touching.
  10. Lightly toss cut pieces with a little flour mixture.
  11. Put each cut piece of dough, cut side down, on the palm of your hand and form an “ear” by pressing your thumb into dough and twisting slightly.
  12. Arrange orecchiette on a tray or cutting board.
  13. Make more orecchiette with remaining dough.
  14. Once ready to cook boil salted water and drop in orecchiette. Stir so that it doesn’t stick together until water is boiling again. Cook for 4-6 minutes (depending on how thick your pasta is) or until it tastes cooked!
  15. Drain into a colander or using a slotted spoon.
  16. Enjoy with our nut free pesto or your favourite pasta sauce!

Notes

This quick and easy pasta is easy for kids to make for dinner or even a hearty afternoon snack after school. Stir through some pesto for a tasty meal.

  • Does it taste like pasta? I have some picky eaters that might pick up if its a dramatically different taste

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  • What a gorgeous little taste tester :)

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  • I reckon we’ll have to try this in the holidays!

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  • Quick and easy; love it! I look forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to make this.

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  • wow, you made your own! I am yet to do this … Looks fab

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  • It is easy and looks great,thanks!

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  • Simple and delicious; thanks for sharing!.

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  • this is really simple to do. must feel amazing to make a dish like this from scratch! well done :)


    • cheers again. shared this recipe as it is great! i really love the puff pastry as that saved a lot of time!



      • haha wow lol sorry, i just posted that comment onto the wrong recipe. lol i was still thinking about the chicken and leek pie recipe just before this one (which i made and it was lovely by the way). i was so focussed on getting it a love and share lol. oh well.
        lol i have shared your recipe and loved it though!
        oopsies :)

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  • The thumbs us in the picture attached to this is a wonderful endorsement for the recipe :)

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  • This is very handy especially if you have no eggs on hand.

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  • Thank for sharing!.

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