Pass the Orecchiette pasta please…

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken, Spinach and Zucchini in Parmesan CreamYes, I know pasta is a quick weekday standby but how wonderful is it when you choose a different pasta shape and match the sauce to suit. It sort of elevates it to beyond the ordinary.

This dish uses orecchiette pasta (‘little ears’ in Italian). These little cup shaped pieces of pasta hold cream sauces very well and really the rest of the ingredients are quite ‘ordinary’ but together they create such a delicate, fresh and textured dish, that the sum is so much greater than the parts.

I recommend you serve it with a spoon to slurp up every drop of that delicious parmesan cream and toss in a few green peas if you like too.

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken, Spinach and Zucchini in Parmesan Cream
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 500g orecchiette pasta
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 4 short rashers bacon
  4. 2 boneless chicken thighs, diced
  5. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  6. 600ml cream
  7. 1 large zucchini, grated
  8. 100g baby spinach leaves
  9. 2 spring onions, chopped
  10. ½ cup grated parmesan
  11. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  12. extra parmesan, for serving
Instructions
  1. Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain. Heat olive oil in the pot and fry bacon until golden brown. Add chicken and garlic and brown well. Add cream, bring to the boil and simmer 5 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly and chicken is cooked through. Stir in zucchini, spinach and spring onions and cook until spinach has wilted. Stir in pasta and parmesan and cook until heated through. Season to taste and serve with extra parmesan.
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