Goat cheese and mixed greens Orecchiette

Published Jun 15, 2022 01:00 p.m. ET
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This is one of the best summer recipes out there, thanks to the numerous ingredients involved that are plentiful locally and in season. On a hot night, when you’re in need of a hearty meal without spending hours slaving over a steamy oven, Orecchiette is great because it will satisfy even the most intense hunger, it can be adapted to accommodate unique cravings, and it doesn’t take long at all to toss enough together to feed a crowd!

What is Orecchiette?

Orecchiette is a type of pasta that first emerged in Italy centuries ago, with traditional recipes handed down over the generations. Originally, the little pasta shells were made with pressure from a thumb, hence their unique shape, which is perfect for holding a delicious sauce, resulting in more flavour than the most popular spaghetti variety. There are many different ways to make Orecchiette, with some far more rooted in tradition than others.

Goat cheese and mixed greens Orecchiette recipe

It’s a spectacular meal no matter the time of day, and it’s best served hot and fresh, but if you’re looking for a quick meal to take on the go or freezable pre-made dinners to reheat when you need them, orecchiette pasta is great for that too. Toss in a handful of bacon crumble, fried mushrooms, sautéed bean shoots, or any other vegetable your heart desires. This summer recipe is easy, versatile, and delicious hot or cold, and it’s sure to put some pep in your step using a simple method of cannabis infusion.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories: 132

Servings: 4


  • 8 cups Mediterranean style mixed salad greens
  • 4 cups orecchiette pasta
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil (drained)
  • 8 tablespoons parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 6 tablespoons cannabis-infused olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese (crumbled)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Large pot
  • Pasta spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Salad tongs


  1. Bring a pot of water with a pinch of salt to a boil.

  2. Boil the pasta over high heat until tender but firm, stirring occasionally. This should take about 8-10 minutes.

  3. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and strain the rest from the noodles.

  4. Toss the salad, sundried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and cannabis-infused oil together in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Add the warm pasta to the bowl along with the cup of water reserved from earlier and give everything a good stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

  6. Season the dish with salt and pepper prior to serving.

Orecchiette storage tips, tricks, and information

Orecchiette can be stored in many different ways, though it should always be kept in an airtight container to preserve freshness.


If you plan on eating this dish within 3-4 days, then the fridge is a perfectly reasonable storage solution. However, it’s still a good idea to take some precautions, like allowing the leftovers to cool before wrapping them in plastic or transferring them to an airtight container that is then stored in the fridge.


When freezing orecchiette pasta, it’s a good idea to divide the dish into individual portions, then allow them to cool completely before sealing and placing them into the freezer, where these easy to reheat TV-type dinners will stay fresh for several months. Simply defrost each portion in the microwave or overnight at room temperature for a perfectly measured portion of deliciousness that’s ready when you need it.

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