Orecchiette is a simple ingredient with a big impact. It’s more toothsome than many standard pasta shapes with a pleasing texture that adds a touch of easy elegance to your dining routine. Best of all, it’s affordable even if it does feel a little fancy. Because it’s a shorter, thicker cut of pasta, orecchiette pairs extraordinarily well with richer ingredients, hearty cruciferous vegetables, specifically kale, broccoli, and broccoli rabe. Get out of your mealtime rut with these simple, yet satisfying orecchiette recipes.