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Orecchiette with Sausage, Corn, and Chiles


If you prefer a milder pasta, go light on the chiles.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2013


  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound orecchiette
  • 8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 to 3 jalapeno or Fresno chiles, very thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 1/2 cups fresh yellow corn kernels (from about 6 ears)
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water, and then drain pasta.

  2. Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break into bite-size pieces, until golden brown and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate; drain fat from skillet. Add butter to skillet, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add chiles and cook, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Add corn and continue cooking until corn turns a deeper yellow and chiles are softened, about 2 minutes. Return sausage to pan along with pasta and toss to combine, adding enough pasta water to form a smooth sauce that coats pasta. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with sour cream and cilantro.

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  • BananasKill
    12 AUG, 2015
    It wasn't necessarily disgusting. It was odd. Odd looking. Odd flavored. I think texture would have been better with a sliced sausage.
  • eatmorefiber
    3 AUG, 2015
    This was absolutely disgusting! There was very little flavor at all in the dish, and when I added the pasta water, it completely blanched the sausage, making it completely flavorless. Too much pasta, no flavor. I can't think of anything that would have saved this dish. Skip it!