Orecchiette With Italian Peperonata Sauce

Traditional Italian pasta recipe from the Puglia region, 100% Vegan deliciousness.

A view of a typical Italian narrow old town street in Apulia. Traditional Orecchiette pasta is layed out to dry on a grid. A bag of flour, salt and a cutting board lying next to it.
A pan filled with peperonata sauce standing on tiling. Next to it are fresh vegetables and spices on display, eggplants, tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley and bell pepper. In the back a view on the Mediterranean Sea and an Italian Church.
A dish of Orecchiette pasta with peperonata sauce. In the backgroun a view of traditional Trullis, houses popular in the Apulia region of Italy. Small models of Trullis surrounding the dish.
Traditional Italian pasta recipe from the Puglia region, 100% Vegan deliciousness.
Level: Medium
Prep Time: 60min
Cook Time: 60min
Portions: 4

Ingredients

For the Orecchiette

  • 300g Semolina flour
  • 150g Warm water
  • 1/2tsp Extra-virgin olive oil

For the Peperonata sauce:

  • 3 Bell peppers / mixed colors
  • 750g Heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 small leek
  • 1 purple onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pinch red chilli flakes
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh herbs (basil, oregano, chives)
  • 2tbsp water

Instructions

Orecchiette:

  1. Mix all ingredients until you obtain a soft, yet firm dough.
  2. Knead until smooth, then form a ball.
  3. Wrap in cling wrap and let rest for about 15 minutes.
  4. Cut a piece and roll it out in a 1 cm-thick log.
    Keep the remaining dough wrapped in plastic film.
  5. Cut the log in small square-shaped pieces.
  6. Take one small dough square and press the tip of a table knife against the corner farthest from you, holding it at an angle.
  7. Press down and pull the knife towards you, rolling the dough until it wraps around the knife.
  8. Using the other hand, turn dough disk inside out, pushing your thumb in the centre of the dough disk.
  9. Repeat the same steps for the rest of the dough.
  10. Spread the orecchiette on top of a drying rack or a lightly floured tray, and let them dry.
  11. Cook them in salted boiling water until they rise to the surface (5-7 minutes).

Peperonata sauce:

Prep: Cut the bell peppers into 2 cm pieces, cut the tomatoes into wedges. Slice and rinse the leek. Slice the onion and chop the garlic.

  1. Heat up a large skillet over medium low flame and saute the leeks with a pinch of sea salt in a splash of water until wilted (about 10 minutes).
  2. Add the purple onions and bell peppers and cook another 5 minutes until the peppers start to soften.
  3. Stir in the garlic and add the tomato wedges.
  4. Stir well and bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover with a lid and cook another 5 minutes until the tomatoes release their juice.
  6. Squeeze the juice of half the lemon into the stew, taste and season with sea salt and lemon juice.
  7. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs and serve with orecchiette.

Notes

The sauce is great also for polenta or just a piece of bread.

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