The Chef’s Table

Created by the Chefs of Maggiano’s Little Italy

March 5, 2014

Congratulations Isabel and thank you to all of the fans and supporters for voting Orecchiette with Scallops and Leeks onto our features menu later this year. Here’s the recipe for you to recreate this winning dish at home:

Best Italian Chef Orrechiete

Recipe & Instructions
Drizzle olive oil
1 leek, cleaned & sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
¼ cup white wine
½ cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 lb orecchiette
1 lb sea scallops

Cook pasta al dente. In a sauté pan, drizzle olive oil and sauté leeks for a couple of minutes, add garlic, red pepper, salt, pepper, wine, broth and cream. Simmer to thicken. Salt and pepper scallops and sear in hot pan with oil. Mix pasta and sauce, place in dish, top with scallops.

A special congratulations goes to our runners up for submitting wonderful dishes that you can also try at home:
2nd place – Pollo di Trifone
3rd place – Garlic Shrimp & Shells
4th place – Pesto Cavatappi with Ricotta, Peas & Prosciutto
5th place – Creamy Shrimp Saffron Risotto with Wilted Baby Spinach
6th place – Fettuccine Fanelli

We also want to thank those of you who voted. The ten randomly selected winners below will receive a $50 gift card:

Sarah Maggitt Johnnie Saunders Sowmya Nanjaiah Ruth Pelfrey Brian DeCataldo Maggie May Pamela Bolin Dee Heszler Bob Edland Brian Roe

If you’ve won, please email us (from the email address that links to your Facebook and Best Italian Chef vote) at with your name and mailing address.  

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