Orecchiette alla Carrettiera ("Wagon-Driver Style")

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Orecchiette alla Carrettiera ("Wagon-Driver Style")

Orecchiette is a traditional ear-shaped pasta. This raw sauce is perfect for hot summer nights.

Serves 2

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 25 min.


  • 6-8 ounces orecchiette, or spaghetti
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 4 very ripe plum tomatoes, (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Cook orecchiette (or spaghetti) in boiling salted water until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 2

Rub the pasta-serving bowl with one half of a garlic clove.

Step 3

Coarsely chop tomatoes and remaining garlic on a cutting board. Transfer to the serving bowl. Add salt, basil, oregano and pepper. Drizzle with oil. Toss well.

Step 4

Drain pasta and add to tomatoes. Toss well. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.