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One Pan Orecchiette Pasta
"Every year when it's time to go back to school I get inundated with requests from students to post recipes that are super-easy, cost pennies, and require a bare minimum of kitchen equipment. This delicious orecchiette pasta recipe only has a handful of ingredients, is very cheap to make, and most importantly: only uses one pan or pot for the entire procedure."
Servings: 2
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • salt to taste
  • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausages, casings removed, Unless you can find bulk (I used Mild, worked great)
  • 3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, divided, or as needed
  • 1 1/4 cups orecchiette pasta, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped spinach personal preference
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion with a pinch of salt in hot oil until onion is soft and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir sausage into onions; cook and stir until sausage is broken up and browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth into sausage mixture and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add orecchiette pasta; cook and stir pasta in hot broth, adding remaining broth when liquid is absorbed, until pasta is cooked through and most of the broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  4. Stir arugula into pasta-sausage mixture until arugula wilts.
  5. Ladle pasta into bowls and dust with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  • Doubled the recipe and only got 1 serving left.  snuck it before anyone else for lunch! 
  • Make this recipe meatless by using mushrooms, and maybe cauliflower in place of the meat.  saute, and caramelize adding the same seasonings that are in the Italia sausage.  Maybe marinate the califlower or cook it with the mushrooms...