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Ottolenghi’s one-pot orecchiette puttanesca

This one-pan vegetarian dish is the perfect midweek meal, Ottolenghi style.

Written by Beth Williams
Published 23.08.2023

Serves: 4



5 tablespoons olive oil

6 garlic cloves, crushed

1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained well and patted dry

2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons tomato paste

2 cups parsley, roughly chopped

2 teaspoons lemon zest

3 tablespoons baby capers

¾ cup Nocellara olives (or other green olive), pitted and roughly chopped in half

9 ounces small, sweet cherry tomatoes

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

1½ teaspoons caraway seeds, lightly toasted and crushed

9 ounces dried orecchiette pasta

2 cups vegetable or chicken stock

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons water

Salt and black pepper



In a large sauté pan, for which you have a lid, combine 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, chickpeas, paprika, cumin, tomato paste, and a half teaspoon salt and place on medium-high heat. Fry for 12 minutes, uncovered, stirring every now and then, until the chickpeas are slightly crisp; you may need to decrease the heat if they start to color too much. Remove one-third of the chickpeas and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the parsley, lemon zest, capers and olives. Add two-thirds of the parsley mixture to the sauté pan, along with the cherry tomatoes, sugar and caraway seeds, and cook for 2 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring often.

Add the pasta, stock, water and three-quarter teaspoon salt and bring to a simmer. Decrease the heat to medium, cover and cook for 12 to 14 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.

Stir the remaining parsley mixture into the pan, drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and garnish with the reserved fried chickpeas and a good grind of pepper. Serve at once.


Recipe credit: Yotam Ottolenghi via The Happy Foodie

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