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

Definition of orecchiette

: small oval pasta

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Recent Examples on the Web Dishes include Southern touches like country ham pizza or orecchiette featuring local country sausage. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's popular bar Vetti restaurant is moving to this NuLu hotel," 21 Jan. 2020 When the water returns to a boil, add the fresh orecchiette for about five minutes. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 Basket includes rigatoni and orecchiette pasta and chef's choice of sauces. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 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, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 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, "5 Unsung Pasta Classics Every Carb Lover Should Try," 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, "These are the 10 best restaurants in Birmingham in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 According to the mayor’s office, in mid-October police inspectors busted a local restaurant for serving untraceable orecchiette, a violation of Italian and European Union regulations that require food in restaurants to be clearly sourced. BostonGlobe.com, "The scene — the grannies, the handmade pasta, the curved stone street — evoked the southern Italy of popular imagination.," 7 Dec. 2019 As will a pork tenderloin topped in chimichurri and citrus aioli, an orecchiette macaroni and cheese with taleggio and cotija, squash soup made from seasonal gourds like delicata and chayote and fingerling potatoes coated in fried eggs. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Stuck with family this Thanksgiving? Make the most of it by trying this new Thanksgiving tradition," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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12 Jun 2020

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“Orecchiette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orecchiette. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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