Creamy Tomato Orecchiette with Chicken and Corn

I think every Monday needs to start with pasta.


Actually, I think every day needs to start with pasta, but that’s an issue I should address on my own. In a locked bathroom. With a bowl of pasta.

So this here lil’ ditty is yet another Aaron creation. AH KNOOOOW, AH KNOOOOW. Get off my lazy bum, right? Whatever, dudes. I let him gleefully take over dinner this weekend while I researched breast pumps on Target and Babies “R” Us for my new registries. Actually I was totally looking at other things, I just wanted the excuse to use the words breast pump on this blog.

My male readers are


I always love when Aaron cooks because he has waaaay more patience than I do. I think it’s because he’s a piddler. He takes his time with everything EVER. He walks a lot slower than I do, tells stories in a slower pace, just meanders his way through life. Okay it drives me banana land bonkers. But with cooking it’s a good thing! Except when I’m starving and have two little parasites clawing their way through my abdomen, up my throat and onto the back of my tongue. Pregnancy can be so charming!

What was I saying?

Anyway, this meal will tick you off it’s so good. It’s got some gorgeous slow simmering cherry tomatoes, some heavy cream, white wine, seared chicken, lots of garlic, some nice herbs, ooooooooooo gurl.

And fresh sweet summer corn, shoooooot now.

And little ears of cute orecchiette, y’aaaaaaaall mama face face lawdy lou!

I . . . dunno.


Eat this.

Creamy Tomato Orecchiette with Chicken and Corn:

What it took for 4:

for the sauce:

* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. dried thyme
* 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
* 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
* 1 tsp black pepper
* 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
* 4 short sprigs fresh oregano
* 1 Tbs. honey
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* pinch of coarse salt to taste

for the chicken:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 3 ears corn, kernels removed
* 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
* 1/4 cup dry white wine
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

for the rest:

* 3/4 pound orecchiette
* freshly grated parmesan cheese
* fresh basil, for garnish

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, thyme, paprika, red pepper flakes and black pepper to the pan and bloom for a good 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, oregano and honey, cover, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Add the heavy cream and a pinch of salt and keep on low.

While the tomatoes cook, prepare the corn and chicken. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add the corn to the pan. Season with a pinch of salt and cook about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Remove the corn and garlic with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Back in the pan, add the sliced chicken. Season with salt and pepper; sear on both sides until cooked through. Add the wine to deglaze any sugars that have started to brown in the pan.

Add the creamy tomato sauce to the pan and give everything a good toss.

In the meantime, cook the orecchiette in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and add to the sauce. Toss once more.

Serve with a mountain of fresh parmesan and basil leaves, which I forgot to photograph because I was still thinking about that breast pump I found online.


Would you rather me talk about the pee pee teepees we found? No? Okay.

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29 Responses to Creamy Tomato Orecchiette with Chicken and Corn

  1. Tieghan July 29, 2013 at 8:54 am #
    Yummm! Monday's need pasta, I agree!
  2. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite July 29, 2013 at 9:06 am #
    Haha I think you should talk about pee pee teepees just so I could read the comments later! Now lets talk about this delicious looking pasta. YUMMY.
  3. Paula - bell'alimento July 29, 2013 at 9:30 am #
    Every day should start with pasta! Get in mah belly!
  4. Carly @ Snack Therapy July 29, 2013 at 9:39 am #
    Um, my boyfriend is the same way- he's just so slow at everything he does. Except he can't cook. SCORE. But, I bet I could put on my puppy eyes and ask him to make me this. Maybe.
  5. Heather July 29, 2013 at 10:05 am #
    Nate's the same way, just moves at a slower pace than me for everything! I so wish I could be like that but it drives me nuts most days ;)
  6. Kelly July 29, 2013 at 10:16 am #
    I'm obsessed with comfort food and this looks amazing! :)
  7. Erin L July 29, 2013 at 11:27 am #
    Next will you write a post entitled, "How to get your husband to do the cooking while you are pregnant."? That would really help me out! Until then, I will just start boiling the water for the orecchiette...
  8. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper July 29, 2013 at 11:37 am #
    Bahaha I'll take breast pumps of pee pee teepees any day!
  9. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain July 29, 2013 at 12:08 pm #
    Bev, you are effing hysterical! I would gladly eat pasta with you while discussing breast pump options. It's what friends are for!
  10. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch July 29, 2013 at 12:19 pm #
    Bev, you have me in stitches! And I love the pasta - I could eat it everyday too!!!
  11. Julie July 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm #
    Pee pee teepees? hahaha, please share.
  12. cassie July 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm #
    This sounds like summer in a bowl to me. Love the corn!
  13. Katie July 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm #
    Ooh man, pasta Can Aaron come to my house and cook for me?
  14. Heather @ girlyeverafter July 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm #
    Just in the nick of time! I was making my meal list for the week and totally blanked on what to do for dinner. I LOVE orecchiette. Perfect!
  15. dixya| food, pleasure, and health July 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm #
    i wish every day started with pasta too Bev..and Aaron sounds like my boyfriend- i dont know where they get so much patience from
  16. Julie @ Table for Two July 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm #
    Pasta on Monday makes it instantly better, this looks amazing!!
  17. Heidi @foodiecrush July 29, 2013 at 11:52 pm #
    Why is it that boys are just naturally slower at things, no matter what it is? At least we've trained them to do it right, even if it is at a snail's pace. But please do let him know he rocked the pasta.
  18. Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion July 30, 2013 at 6:42 am #
    I agree, Monday should be pasta day!! this looks delish
  19. Julia July 30, 2013 at 7:45 am #
    Aaron's pretty awesome with his pasta talent, this thing looks amazing! The man of my house is slow as snails at just about everything too, but it definitely does make for a delicious meal, so I have to say we lucked out to have patient perfectionist men meandering around the kitchen in their slow, perfect way. Hope you get yourself the best breast pump ever! errrr....something like that... ;)
  20. Megan {Country cleaver} July 30, 2013 at 9:18 am #
    Ben is the sammmeeee wayyyy and it killlsss me, sllowwwllyyyy. If he made me this though, I guess I'd forgive his tortoise-esque ways. Printing this off for him nowwww....
  21. Maris July 30, 2013 at 10:06 pm #
    So I stop blogging for like, five minutes and you go and get knocked up? ;) My BFF has a baby so I look forward to many more mentions of the word "breast pump."
  22. Marie @ Little Kitchie July 31, 2013 at 7:40 am #
    Totally agree that every day should start with pasta and especially this one!!
  23. maria at inredningsvis August 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm #
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  24. Raechel August 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm #
    Seriously perfect. One of the few recipes I followed to the tee lol. Thanks for making this!
  25. Sun October 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm #
    Thanks for the pasta recipe! My younger daughter is so freakin' picky and I can't get her to eat any veggies except for corn, Caesar salad, and tomato sauce... the last one, I think, she'll only eat because it's not the end result is far from their tomato origin. Just one word of advice from a former breastfeeding mama. I would recommend that you look at renting a breast pump instead of committing to purchasing one, unless you know that you are going to go back to work and need to have a milk stash in the fridge beforehand. Reason being is that if you plan on being home with your baby, it's far easier to feed the baby directly from the breast than it is to pump and feed from a bottle, especially in terms of milk "letdown." I, for one, would pump for 1/2 hour and would barely get enough to fill a bottle, despite massaging my breasts, looking at pictures of my baby, etc., but I didn't have that problem with feeding straight from the tap, the letdown would occur within seconds of nursing. You can ask if your hospital rents pumps, or some local baby stores may also provide them as well. Just my two cents. I do think it's great that you're thinking about breastfeeding -- I highly encourage you to do it for at least a year -- it's one of the best things you can do for your baby, and it's free and you already have the equipment. :-)
  26. Sun October 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm #
    Made this for dinner tonight -- it was delicious! Subbed tri-colored pasta for the orrechiette; chicken thighs instead of breasts (seasoned first in a poultry spice mix from a local spice co.); and a small bag of frozen organic corn kernels instead of fresh corn. My kids loved it, including the picky one!


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