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       Title: Orecchiette Dell'ortolano (Garderner’s Sytle Little Ear Pa
  Categories: Appetizers, Italian, Pasta
       Yield: 6 servings
       1 lb Eggplant -- * see note
       2    Red Bell Peppers -- ** see
     1/2 lb Asparagus -- *** see note
       2 lb Fava Beans -- peeled
       1 lb Orecchiette Pasta
            Salt -- to taste
            Black Pepper -- to taste
       4 tb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
       3    Cloves Garlic -- peeled &
            Chopped coa
   * washed and sliced 1/2 inch thinck, unpeeled
   ** fire-roasted, peeled and seeded
   *** cleaned, boiled and cut into 1-inch pieces
   Orecchiette Dell'Ortolano
   (Garderner’s Sytle Little Ear Pasta)
   Brush the sliced eggplant with some of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt
   and peper to taste.  Broil the eggplant on both sides, turning it once,
   until it is soft and nicely brown.  Cut into large cubes and set aside.
   the bell peppers on an open flame to scorch them and remove the skin, seeds
   and core (or seedn and core the ppers, cut them into quarters and place
   under the broiler to loosen the skin).  Cut the pepper into medium strips
   and set aside.
   Cook the asparagus spears in lightly saled water for about 4 minutes.
   and let them cool.  Do not put them into cold water.  Cut the aspargus into
   1 inch pieces and set aside.  Peel off the rough outer skin of the fava
   bans.  Remove the tender little bain in the inside pods.  Discard all but
   the little bean.
   Drop the pasta into rapidly boiling, lightly salted water.  Stir well, and
   often, for about 8 minutes or a little less (the pasta must be al dente).
   Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet and when it is hot add the
   garlic.  Saute the garlic for about 1 minute or until it is just golden.
   Add the eggplant, bell pepper, asparagus, fava beans and some salt and
   to taste.  Let the mixture cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat.
   When the pasta is done, drain off all but a tiny bit of cooking water.  Add
   pasta to the skillet with the other ingredients and toss well.  Serve very
   hot in heated pasta bowls.
   Serves 6.
   (c) Carlo Middione - Vivande Ristorante, as printed in SF
   Examiner Epicure, 4/26/95)
   Recipe By     : Tess Mercer <tess@NANOTHINC.COM>