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    Orecchiette With Radicchio and Onions

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    31 mins

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    11 mins

    Lalaloula's Note:

    This is a traditional Italian pasta dish, which my mum brought home from one of her trips to Italy. It has a creamy cheese note, which combines very well with the slightly bitter taste of the lettuce.

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    1. 1
      Boil the pasta in salted water until it is al dente (aprox. 11 minutes).
    2. 2
      While the pasta is cooking, chop the onion into thin slices and stew it in a frying pan toghether with olive oil, salt, pepper, chili and the squashed clove of garlic.
    3. 3
      When the onion is "smudgy", add the chopped radicchio.
    4. 4
      If necessary add more olive oil and turn the mixture over after 3-4 minutes.
    5. 5
      When the pasta is ready, pour off the water.
    6. 6
      Then add the onion and radicchio mixture and finally the grated parmesan cheese. Blend well.
    7. 7
      Enjoy (e.g. with a nice side salad or ciabatta bread)!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 04, 2011


      YUM! The Picky One didn't like the bitterness of the radicchio but the rest of us loved it! I *did* use 2 very small radicchio. And I completely caramelized the onions. I also subbed 2 dried red chili peppers since I didn't have a fresh one. I did also use most excellent parmesan. It's all gone! Thank you, Loula! Made for Veggie Swap 1/11. :)

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    • on April 24, 2010


      Made this for lunch this past week. I had cut the recipe in half since we were only 2. I had made this in the morning and just needed to reheat a bit at lunch. I had put in the chili pepper or half of it anyways and it was a definitely zingy dish. I love spice and this definitely had that. So if your not into heat, skip the pepper. I also had a problem with the amount of onions, it just seemed like way too many. So I did cut back on them by using 1 medium to large size. The flavor was great with just that amount for me. The radicchio did add a nice flavor to the whole dish especially with the freshly grated parmesan cheese. Great tasting meal and thanks for sharing your recipe lalaloula. I will post pic when I can get my replacement computer.

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    • on April 27, 2009


      We really enjoyed this. My little girl really liked it! It was very different from the usual pasta dishes. I liked the mellow flavor of the onions with the radicchio and pasta. I would have never thought of adding radicchio to pasta this way. It's so unusual! I used a pound of medium shells instead of orecciette because that's what I had on hand. Like bluemoon downunder, I also left out the hot pepper and added a big fat tablespoon of minced garlic plus 3 Tbsp. of butter with my onions while they were cooking. I ended up adding 1/2 cup of gratged romano cheese. We will be having this agin. Thanks, Lalaloula! Made for Holiday tag.

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    Nutritional Facts for Orecchiette With Radicchio and Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (272 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 623.3
    Calories from Fat 82
    Total Fat 9.1 g
    Saturated Fat 4.7 g
    Cholesterol 22.0 mg
    Sodium 392.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 106.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
    Sugars 7.7 g
    Protein 27.1 g

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