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Orecchiette With Italian Sausage, Fire-Roasted Tomatoes & Mozzarella – Recipe 🇮🇹

This smokey, peppery pasta dish is delicious paired with a Sangiovese wine!

This simple pasta dish is one of my favorites! Italian sausage and fire-roasted tomatoes are a great combination of smokey and peppery flavors. I love adding chunks of burrata or mozzarella to balance the heat and add some creaminess to the dish. This meal pairs well with a Sangiovese wine, salad and crusty bread!


  • 3/4 lb Orecchiette pasta
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage (spicy or mild)
  • 1/2 cup fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup ciliegine mozzarella or burrata
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil as needed


  1. In a pan with a little olive oil, cook the Italian sausage all the way through. Add the garlic and tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and let simmer until the pasta is ready. 
  2. Meanwhile, in a pot of salted, boiling water, cook the orecchiette until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining.
  3. Add the sausage to the drained pasta with a splash of pasta water and stir or toss to incorporate. 
  4. Garnish with the mozzarella and serve with bread and Sangiovese wine!

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