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Cooking-in creates a connection with whomever your meal is shared with more than it ever will over a restaurant’s table! Cook-In Tonight! Start making a lasting connection that can only happen when you cook for someone. Bon Appetit!
Orecchiette w/ Chickpeas & Olives (Optional Garlic Shrimp or Italian Sausage) - WTNH Recipe 2-10-23
This is a fast, full of flavor, one pan meal sure to please. If you don't like olives, leave them out or replace with capers.
12 oz orecchiette (little ears) pasta
1- 15.5 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, (sliced if large) or pitted Nicoise olive. (I prefer the Nicoise, when I can find them. They are less salty and more mild in flavor)
1-2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
⅓ cup tomato paste
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
¼ cup O’Live A Little’s Rosemary Extra Virgin Olive Oil
¾ cup grated Parmigiano Riggiano Cheese, plus more for garnish
3-4 cups baby arugula
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
5 cups water
4-6 raw jumbo shrimp, peel & deviened
Or, 2 Italian Sausages - removed from casing
Or, a combo of both shrimp and sausage
1 blub garlic, roasted or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic - (for shrimp)
Combine pasta, chickpeas, olives, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil and 5 cups of water in a high sided sauté pan.
Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil
Cook over medium -high heat, stirring occasionally until the pasta is al dente. At this point the liquid should be reduced to a nice thick sauce that coats the pasta. Turn off heat.
Stir in the grated cheese and add more water a little at a time if sauce seems a bit to thick for your liking and stir to combine and add a bit of heat if necessary. Using pasta bowls, divide the arugula and top with the pasta and sprinkle with more grated cheese (and red pepper flakes if desired).
While pasta is cooking, coat shrimp with garlic paste squeezed from roasted garlic bulb and a 1/4 t. salt, then sauté in the rosemary olive oil until cooked thru.
Or, sauté shrimp with rosemary olive oil, salt and chopped garlic till cooked thru
Or, sauté in rosemary olive oil and the sausage links whole or sliced or removed from the casings and cooked thru.
Then divide and place on top of pasta in bowls with arugula and garnish with grated cheese.
Can also use a combination of both sausage and shrimp