paired with fresh basil and spicy vegetarian Italian sausage

Orecchiette translates to “little hat” in Italian, which is fitting for the hat-like, handmade pasta. Semolina pasta dough, which can be made of just semolina flour and water, is cheaper to make than egg pasta. Orecchiette is surprisingly simple— you don’t need a pasta machine, just a butter knife. As a result, orecchiette, classically made with a semolina dough, is…