Monday, March 29, 2010

Orecchiette with Veal, Capers and White Wine


  1. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 garlic clove, minced
  4. 1 pound ground veal
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 1/2 cup dry white wine
  7. 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  8. 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  9. 1/2 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  10. 2 tablespoons small capers, rinsed
  11. 3/4 pound orecchiette
  12. 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  13. 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  14. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the veal, season with salt and pepper and raise the heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veal is no longer pink and any liquid has evaporated, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the white wine to the skillet and boil over high heat until nearly evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, thyme, rosemary and capers and simmer over moderate heat until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain the pasta well and add it to the skillet along with the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, chopped parsley and butter. Cook over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is thick and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to bowls and serve right away.

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