Orecchiette Made with Semolina

TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 30 min
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YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups tepid water
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Directions

Place both types of flour in a large mixing bowl and stir to mix well. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the water a little at a time, stirring with your hands until a dough is formed. You may need more or less water, depending on the humidity in your kitchen.

Place the dough on a floured work surface and knead it like bread until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover the dough and let it stand for 10 minutes at room temperature.

Roll the dough into long dowels about 3 to 4 inches thick. Cut the dough into flat disks about 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Press the center of each disk with your thumb to form saucer-shaped pasta. Place the orecchiette on a sheet tray that has been dusted with semolina flour, cover the pasta with a clean dish towel, and set aside until ready to use. At this point, the pasta can be frozen for several months.

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  • on January 01, 2014

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    I didn't have semolina flour, so used a combination of AP and whole wheat flour. Still came out yummy. It was fun getting the family/friends involved with making the pasta so I didn't have to do it all myself. It seems they enjoyed the meal more because of their involvement. Takes time to make the little cups but well worth the time - - nice to have something a little different.

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