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Osteria Mozza's Orecchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Destination Dining: Osteria Mozza's Orecchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Discover how to make orecchiette with sausage and Swiss chard - and a bit of Osteria Mozza magic.

Nancy Silverton's team turns Italian food on its head at this Michelin-starred destination restaurant on LA's Melrose Avenue.

It's where homemade pasta rules, and here the team share the recipe for one of the highlights of the menu - orecchiette with sausage and Swiss chard, like you've never had before.

The dish featured as part of the S.Pellegrino Destination Dining series, a cross-state swap of restaurants' recipes between New York and Los Angeles.

10 November, 2020
Average: 2.6 (51 votes)


serves for



Orecchiette Dough
All purpose flour
Still water
Swiss Chard
6 bu
Yellow onion
2 (finely sliced)
1 clove sliced on mandolin
Chili pepper
2 ea (Chile de arbol)
Salt and pepper
To taste
Fennel Sausage
10886g (pork butt, boneless, cubed 1.5 to 2 inches)
2721g (Pork fat cubed)
Kosher salt
255g (Diamond kosher salt)
Smoked paprika
Black pepper
Fennel pollen
Fennel seeds
226g toasted
226g chopped
Pasta Pick up
Orecchiette pasta
Aleppo pepper
Chicken stock
Fennel pollen
1 tsp
Extra virgin olive oil
Chicken stock
Parmesan cheese
15g (50/50 parmesan and pecorino passed through tami)

Step 01

To make the pasta dough:

In a mixer with dough hook attachment, add flour, semolina and 225 g water.

Mix on speed 3/high-speed for 2 minutes. Add 225 g of water in 2 minute intervals. Total mix time is 8 minutes.

Change the speed to 1/low. Mix for 20 minutes until the dough is smooth, silky and elastic.

Allow the dough to rest 30 mins.

Roll out and divide dough. Shape. Make into 80 g portions.



Step 02

To make the Swiss chard:

Pull leaves from chard and rough chop. Save the ribs and cut into 1/4” pieces.

In a rondeau (or wide, shallow pot), add oil and heat until smoking.

Add ribs and sauté for 2 - 3 minutes until slightly translucent.

Reduce to medium heat. Add onion, garlic and chilli. Sweat for 10 minutes.

Add the chard leaves. Reduce to low heat. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Periodically stirring. Mixture
should be homogenous and very soft.

Cool, and chop very fine.



Step 03

To make the Fennel Sausage

Mix all the seasoning together, except the garlic. Mix with pork butt and pork fat. Let cure overnight. Add garlic and mix. Grind on medium die,10 mm.

Divide into 4989g portions (~50 orders per portion). Refrigerate or freeze the remainder.

In a rondeau (or wide, shallow pot) without oil, render the fat from the sausage, break into small pieces and cook until cooked through but not browned.

Transfer to a 'hotel' or counter pan and place into the walk in.


Re-emulsify the fat and meat.

Note: if the mixture looks too greasy remove some fat by tempering and draining out a portion of the fat.


Step 04

To Create the Pasta Pick-up

In a sauté pan, put sausage and Swiss chard. Place on medium-high heat. Break up into small pieces and cook until golden brown, add Aleppo pepper.

Deglaze with chicken stock and add butter.

Drop in the orecchiette and cook for 2 minutes.

Reduce sauce by 1/4. Add pasta and fennel pollen. Continuously toss the pasta to coat with sauce. Add extra virgin olive oil.

Continuously toss the pasta to coat with sauce. Add 35 g chicken stock and reduce by 1/2.

Off the heat, toss with 15g 50/50 cheese. Toss and emulsify until you have a thick nappe consistency.

Adjust consistency with chicken stock.

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