Todd Gray: Hi I am Tom Gray with Equinox Restaurant and today we are preparing orecchiette pasta with spring vegetables. I have already prepared our asparagus and now I am going to cut our shallots and our swiss chard. Being very careful that we put our shallot down, its on the flat. We dont want our shallot just rolling around. We want to make sure that its flat, cutting with the grain in this shallot from length to length here, up and down, being careful to put our fingers behind the knife, using it as a guide, rolling our shallot, cutting nice even slices. I can go a little faster, rolling it down again so that its flat. Place tur shallots in a ramekin and then bring in our sSwisschard.
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We are going to start by adding our shallots, our garlic. I am using a minced garlic that I have previously minced but you can certainly buy a minced garlic in your local super market.
Lets saut these at about a minute. I prefer cooking on gas to electric as a little stronger BTU whics us a little better and stronger heat. I am cooking today on an Electrolux ICONicon any good solid cooking range would do. I am going now to add my sSwis chard and my asparagus and diced carrots. These carrots were small diced, put into boiling salted water and shocked_ jut like I dido itw asparagus and the _pasa,. Ii hey go. Give these vessels a good toss, really nice colors with our rainbow chard and our carrots and those vibrant green asparagus tips. We will aAdd our orecciette pasta to the pan.
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Now that cooking is complete, lets finish out and plate our dish. Now the time we all have been waiting for. We will plate up our pasta, spin some of the vegetables and orecchiette down the dish. Again my recipe is using asparagus and swiss chard, you could certainly serve haricot vert or some other vegetables, maybe spinach if you would like than cooking by following recipes. Recipes are just a road map. Spoon this down, with a few more vegetables on, a nice portion there. Put some of our asparagus tips on the top and finally finishing with our parmesan reggiano, a great cheese from Italy. That was great, I am plating it up on a black disc, gives it a nice contrast. A great dish, easy to prepare. Orecchiette with asparagus and swiss chard, highlighting some wonderful seasonal vegetables to show you that great cooking does not need to be complicated. Cook well and enjoy.