orecchiette

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

Definition of orecchiette

: small oval pasta

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Also try rigatoni alla vodka and orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 20 June 2019 Follow with the signature orecchiette washed down with local wine. Maria Pasquale, Fortune, "Move Over, Tuscany: Puglia Is Italy’s New Hotspot for Luxury and Wellness Retreats," 8 June 2019 Dishes included pomodoro burrata pizza, Einkorn orecchiette with duck Bolognese, and a chocolate pistachio tart. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "The Dôen Sisters Host a California Dreamy Dinner to Celebrate a New Line With Net-a-Porter," 2 May 2019 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

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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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