Okay, now all you broke college students can leave me alone (he said with a wink). This delicious orecchiette pasta recipe only has a handful of ingredients, is very cheap to make, and probably most importantly, only uses one pan or pot for the entire procedure.
Every year when it’s time to go back to school, I get inundated with requests from students to post recipes that are super easy, only cost pennies, and require a bare minimum of kitchen equipment. This should work.
And here’s a quick idea; the next time you’re going out to get another tattoo, don’t, and instead go buy something for your kitchen. Do this every-other time, and you’ll eventually have a nicely stocked kitchen, and still plenty of ink covering your body.
Anyway, back to the recipe! Cooking pasta in the pan with the other ingredients lets it absorb more flavor, and the starch it releases creates a very nice, rich, and comforting sauce. This does require you paying attention and constantly adjusting at the stove. You need to adjust your heat up and down, and also how much liquid you’re putting in.
Speaking of liquid, only use stock or broth that’s homemade and has no salt in it, or a very low-sodium packaged broth. If you start with a seasoned stock it will be way too salty to eat when you’re done. Otherwise, you should be in for an eye opening, or should I say ear opening, treat. I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 2 large or 4 small portions:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
8 ounces spicy Italian sausage
about 3 1/2 cups unsalted or low-sodium chicken broth
1 generous cup orecchiette pasta
2 large handfuls roughly chopped arugula or other greens (if using something like rapini, add earlier so it has time to cook through.
grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Say that five times fast! As promised, here’s the pan sauce you saw me dragging those perfectly trimmed chunks of NY strip through in our Manhattan filet video. As I say in the intro, this isn’t truly a bordelaise, but it’s close enough for YouTube, and absolutely delicious.
Of course, one could argue it would be smarter to use the strip scraps for something like pasta sauce or chili, and you’d get no argument from me; but if you want to put your Manhattan filet experience over the top, this is a more than a worthwhile sacrifice.
I used chicken broth, but if you can find veal stock (check your more expensive grocery stores) that makes this already gorgeous sauce even better. Just be careful with the salt if you’re using broth from a carton. Because we are reducing (and reducing again), an overly salty stock could become inedible. Since I know someone one will ask, I’ll tell you right now; I threw out the meat scraps after they were strained. Why? I don’t have a dog.
Once those tiny pieces of meat are simmered for that long, they’re completely tasteless, and certainly not good eats. But hey, you guys are the Bobby Flays of your faux “Bordelaise,” so suit yourself (didn’t think of this one until after the audio was done). Also, if you don’t have, or can’t have red wine, don’t make this sauce. If you do, and you give our Manhattan filets a go, I hope you give this great pan sauce a try as well. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 2 generous or 4 smaller portions of sauce:
8 ounces trimmed beef scraps, chopped fine
1/4 cup sliced shallots
pinch of salt
1/2 cup red wine (something from Bordeaux would be nice)
2 cups rich chicken broth (unsalted or low-sodium) or veal stock
1 tbsp cold butter