Orecchiette with Sausage and Collards

This is what I have missed.

IMG_5070A couple pots on the stove.  A mixer working hard- and anticipation of something delicious.

I’m a sucker for any sort of pasta dish- so I knew I had to try the orecchiette.

I was also intrigued about making my own- I’m a glutton for punishment.  It was actually super easy.  Just two ingredients- and a long time with the dough hook in the kitchen aide.


I never thought it would get there- but it actually turned quite pliable.  Easy to roll into logs- and cut.



I was down at the Market and picked up my favorite Uli’s Sausage for the italian sausage ragu.



I did all of this in advance- so at the end I could just boil my little Orecchiette and pan fry the collard greens.



Everything gets tossed together- simmer for a moment to meld and sprinkled with some pecorino.


Oh man.  This was delicious.

Last time I did Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe and I enjoyed this much more. (and I liked it the first time)

1.  The Orecchiette was delightfully chewy.  Reminded me of Korean rice cakes.  I know that might sound like an odd comparison- but if you try it- you’ll know what I mean.  I’m so thrilled I made a double batch so I have some waiting for me in the freezer.  Homemade makes a REAL difference.

2.  For those of you who are Rabe averse- the collards are great.  Very mild.  Next time I will probably double up on them because they were so good sautéed with the garlic.

Thank you Mario.  And Thank you Nature Delivered Farm.  You made my belly (if not my waistline) happy.

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2 Responses to Orecchiette with Sausage and Collards

  1. raryno says:

    That looks fantastic. . . Used up all my Ulis in a sausage fest, but will try this soon! Made homemade fennel sausage from one of the books . . .was great too. Excited about this.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Ashley H says:

    Your blog post inspired me to try this recipe – and it was amazing!! My first homemade pasta! We loved it and can’t wait to make it again soon.

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