Monday, July 18, 2011

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Serves 2.

A delicious pasta dish that would be great for when entertaining a vegetarian-friendly crowd.  The Mr. raved about this!  The original recipe is slightly different in that there are not fresh tomatoes in the pureed sauce and it's served at room temperature.  I liked thickening the sauce with a fresh tomato and serving it hot, but I think either would be delicious.  Definitely give this a try!
Adapted from: Ina Garten

3/4 box fusilli pasta
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
3 T. olive oil
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, diced
Salt and pepper
1/2 lb. fresh mozzarella, chopped
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Fresh basil, julienned

Cook pasta according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, make sauce by adding the following to a food processor: half the chopped fresh tomatoes, half the sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt and pepper.  Process until smooth.  Transfer sauce to a small saucepan and add remaining fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella to the pot.

When pasta is cooked, drained and add to the saucepan.  Serve topped with Parmesan and fresh basil.

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