Home-made orecchiette with cauliflower

This is one of my mum’s famous recipes and definitely one of my favourites. I made it today and it’s been delicious as always…
Although it’s hand-made pasta, it is easier than it seems, all it takes is some time and love.
Put 300 gr. (this quantity is for 3 people) of semolina (durum wheat pasta) in a bowl, then add some boiling water (just enough so that it gets absorbed) and start mixing with a wooden spoon. As soon as it cools down, knead it with your hands and shape it into a ball. Use a knife to cut small parts off the ball and make some rolls, just like this:


Cut the rolls in small pieces (less than an inch big) and, with the help of a knife, shape them into “orecchiette” using your thumb. This is the longest part and, while you do it, you can cover the ball under a bowl so it doesn’t get dry. Meanwhile, make some salty boiling water to cook the cauliflower for 10-15 minutes (remember to put the lid on the pot, so it won’t stink). Then add orecchiette and let everything¬†cook for 15 minutes more. Put some oil and a clove of garlic in a pan, drain the pasta with the cauliflower and put everything in the pan. Stir for 5 minutes, salt and pepper to taste, and it’s ready.

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