orecchiette

noun
orec·​chi·​et·​te | \ō-ˌrā-kē-ˈe-tā \

Definition of orecchiette 

: small oval pasta

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To finish, some small pasta shapes, like pennette or orecchiette, can be cooked directly in the soup, or prepared in a separate pot and added to each bowl. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Soup for All Seasons (Even Summer)," 6 July 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The kitchen doesn’t need flash to get its Italian point across, especially with 10 different pastas, including Trenne Bombay with sleek tomato cream sauce and orecchiette with goat sausage and hearty gravy. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s Top 9 restaurants," 4 June 2018 The lemon chicken, the meatballs, the orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe, the wine — all superb. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "My Upper East Side Story: Pizza, Schnitzel, a Piano Bar," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of orecchiette

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orecchiette

Italian, plural of orecchietta, diminutive of orecchia ear, from Latin auricula — more at auricle

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