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Green Orecchiette Pasta Salad by Chef Laura Sharrad


By Chef Laura Sharrad

We’re excited to have celebrity chef, author of My Italian Kitchen, TV personality and restaurant owner, Laura Sharrad, share some of her favourite recipes. Check out her dreamy Green Orecchiette Pasta Salad… it’s perfect for dinner parties!

Green Orecchiette Pasta Salad

Serves 4–6 people

Green Orecchiette Pasta Salad by Chef Laura Sharrad



  • 500g orecchiette pasta

Green sauce

  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 100g parmigiano cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

To serve

  • 1 burrata
  • Chilli oil


  1. Cook your pasta as per the packet instructions, then drain and cool.
  2. To make the green sauce, blitz all the ingredients together and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil until you get a runny pesto consistency. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss the pasta through the sauce and serve with the burrata on top and a drizzle of chilli oil.

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Laura Sharrad
Originally from Melbourne before relocating to McLaren Vale in South Australia, Laura Sharrad grew up with a wooden spoon in her hand cooking beside her nonnas. Her rich Italian heritage has played a heavy hand in her epicurean journey, which was further strengthened after living in Tuscany. A former MasterChef contestant and an extensively trained chef, the impressive career of this now-25-year-old has leapt from strength to strength. Laura recently opened her own restaurant, Nida Bar and Pasta, with her husband and fellow chef, Max Sharrad. With another restaurant and cookbook in the works, Laura says the long‑term dream is to buy a property on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, teach students to cook and grow produce for a small sustainable restaurant.
Instagram: @laurasharrad

Chef Laura Sharrad

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