Orecchiette with Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

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A little sweet, a little peppery and ALL sorts of goodness.  That's what you get when you combine orecchiette pasta with sweet tomatoes, peppery arugula and shallots.  Orecchiette is a really fun shape of pasta and it's name means "small ear" in Italian.  If you want to sound like you travel to Italy all the time, be sure to pronounce the c's like k's!

Very lightly adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Orecchiette with Shallots, Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 small shallots, finely chopped
  • One can cannellini beans (or kidney beans), rinsed (optional)
  • 2 pints mixed red and yellow cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 box orecchiette, cooked (follow the instructions on the box, but subtract 3 minutes from total cooking time for al dente pasta)
  • 4 cups fresh arugula, de-stemmed, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated parmesan reggiano


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