Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Orecchiette with Veal, Capers and White Wine

By: The Food Hunter

About this time every year I start reminiscing about our past trips to Italy and all the delicious food we ate while we were there. These memories spur a desire to cook more authentic Italian dishes like the pasta below.

Orecchiette lightly coated with a veal, capers and dry white wine sauce is a meal typically served in Southern Italy. And although, I've never been to this particular region I prepare this recipe, from Food and Wine, at home frequently.

Orecchiette with Veal, Capers and White Wine

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound ground veal
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
2 tablespoons small capers, rinsed & chopped
1 pound orecchiette
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the veal, season with salt and pepper and raise the heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veal is no longer pink and any liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes.

Add the white wine to the skillet and boil over high heat until nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, thyme, rosemary and capers and simmer over moderate heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta well and add it to the skillet along with the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, chopped parsley and butter. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is thick and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowls and serve right away.

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