orec·​chi·​et·​te | \ ō-ˌrā-kē-ˈe-tā How to pronounce orecchiette (audio) \

Definition of orecchiette

: small oval pasta

Examples of orecchiette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Merguez from Morocco — a slightly gamey lamb sausage that’s just-spicy-enough to command notice but not overwhelm your senses — is a great pairing for the mild but still assertive fava beans, tossed with orecchiette and caramelized shallots. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Add 1 tablespoon salt and the orecchiette, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes; the pasta should be tender at the edges but still firm at the center. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Dishes include Southern touches like country ham pizza or orecchiette featuring local country sausage. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 21 Jan. 2020 When the water returns to a boil, add the fresh orecchiette for about five minutes. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2020 Basket includes rigatoni and orecchiette pasta and chef's choice of sauces. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, 28 Apr. 2020 As a young boy, Domingo loved to go to Bari Vecchia (the old town of Bari) to watch the ladies sitting on the sidewalk making homemade orecchiette pasta with their intense focus and dedication. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2020 The dough is delicate and slightly brittle, similar to Japanese soba noodles in texture and color, and it's most often used to make orecchiette, one of the region's traditional shapes. Stacy Adimando, Saveur, 9 Oct. 2017 Dinner entrees change seasonally and are more robust, with dishes like orecchiette pasta tossed with spicy lamb sausage and gnocchi with pancetta. al, 3 Mar. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Orecchiette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orecchiette. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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