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Celebrate World Pasta Day With Orecchiette

When I learned that today is World Pasta Day, my imagination began to run wild. What should I make to celebrate? The options were endless: baked ziti; pasta alla norma; linguine with white clam sauce. What to do?

Then I came across the perfect recipe. It completely rises to the occasion: it's everyday but also gourmet, somewhat healthy yet just indulgent enough, and it epitomizes pasta as the ultimate in comfort food. To get this recipe, which also happens to be quick and easy,

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Orecchiette With Toasted Breadcrumbs

Orecchiette With Toasted Breadcrumbs

Orecchiette With Toasted Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound dried orecchiette or other small shaped pasta
  2. 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 2/3 cup Italian seasoned dried bread crumbs
  4. Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  5. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  6. 1 cup finely chopped prosciutto
  7. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Cook pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized saute pan, heat the oil until warm. Since the bread crumbs will cook quickly, you don't want to add them into a hot pan, otherwise they can burn. Add the breadcrumbs and stir constantly. Season lightly with salt and pepper since flavored bread crumbs may already have seasoning. Saute for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Drain pasta in a colander. Working quickly, add pasta to the saute pan and stir to combine. Add Parmesan and the chopped prosciutto. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into large serving bowl and garnish with chopped parsley.

Serves 4.


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356UIK 356UIK 8 years
Sounds good. You could throw in some peas, broccoli, or spinach I bet.
Deehamza Deehamza 8 years
I'm going to try this dish today! Thanks for the great recipe :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
how did i not know that it was pasta day? hmmm...anyway, i love this recipe and i think that it's right up my alley :) i need to cook something to pay hommage
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
it looks so cute!
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
it looks so cute!
syako syako 8 years
Sounds very easy and delicious. I might substitute the prosciutto since I don't have any on hand. :)
syako syako 8 years
Sounds very easy and delicious.I might substitute the prosciutto since I don't have any on hand. :)
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