Orriechette, Lemon Zest, Basil, Chilli Garlic Masala

Orriechette, Lemon Zest, Basil, Chilli Garlic Masala

Serves 4
This is a classic Italian pasta dish that combines the fresh tastes of lemon and basil. The addition of chilli garlic masala is perfect with the tomatoes and basil. It is an easy to prepare quick and healthy meal that will keep your tastebuds and waistline happy. Perfect with a glass of pinot gris or pinot grigio.

Serves 4


  • 750 g orriechette pasta, dried
  • 125 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon Bitton Chilli Garlic Masala
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8 basil leaves, finely sliced
  • Sea salt and white pepper, to season


Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add a couple of teaspoons of salt. Add the pasta and stir to prevent them from sticking together. Boil for 8 to 11 minutes, or according to packet instructions. Drain well, stir through a dash of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together and set aside.

Place a large saucepan over medium heat and add the butter. When it is foaming, tip in the cooked pasta and stir to coat with the butter. Add the remaining ingredients and toss gently to combine. Taste for seasoning and serve in pasta bowls.

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