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Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula


Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

Tasty and simple pasta dish using Orecchiette pasta which has a round cup like shape. Perfect for holding on to sauces

  • Author: Jennie Schwartz
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


1/4 cup olive oil

3 cloves of garlic smashed

1 1/4 pounds large cherry tomatoes

12 ounces dry orecchiette

2 cups of packed arugula

ground black pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated percorino



Heat large pot of salted water bringing to a boil

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in saute pan over med heat

Add garlic allow to cook until fragrant but not browned

Remove garlic from pan and use another time

Once water boils add pasta

Add tomatoes to saute pan and increase heat to medium-high and, when tomatoes start to shrivel and collaspe, reduce heat to low and cook until softened but not shapeless, about 5 minutes.

Stir a few times.

Set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water and then drain pasta and fold into tomatoes.

Add some of the pasta water if needed for mositure

Fold in arugula and remaining olive oil.

When arugula has just wilted season with salt and pepper

Serve with a dusting of cheese.


Loved this dish because it was so simple to make and had a lot of flavor.

I doubled the amount of arugula used, kale, or spinach work work as well.

Can add a protein if desired, Cook protein ahead of time and add to dish before serving


  • Serving Size: 1 /1/2 cups
  • Calories: 341

Keywords: Arugula, pasta, orecchiette, cherry tomatoes, heart healthy, vegan, veggies,

Jennie Schwartz
Personal Health Coach

Jennie is a certified health coach and yoga instructor. Her approach combines yoga, fitness, and nutrition to achieve health goals. Her biggest joy is helping clients discover the tools needed for a lifetime of balance and well-being.

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