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Orecchiette
Thomas J. Story

Orecchiette

These sweet little ridged scoops are designed for thick or chunky sauces, since they can easily hold bits of sausage, or clams, or any chopped vegetable. And the ridges help absorb sauce, too.

Orecchiette with Clams, Chiles, and Parsley

“Clam pasta is a great way to extract all the flavor and texture of clams,” says chef Samin Nosrat. “Their  juices mingle with the butter and wine and cook into the pasta.” This recipe demonstrates how to easily make orecchiette from scratch, too.

Recipe: Orecchiette with Clams, Chiles, and Parsley

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