Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pasta with Olives, Garlic, & Sun-dried Tomatoes

You may be thinking, WOW! this family sure does eat a lot of pasta and you are right. We love pasta! You can really get creative when it comes to pasta.

I hardly every get the time to really read some of the many recipe emails I get each day, but something caught my eye about this next recipe that was in my email box from Seventh Generation. I knew right away it would be a winner in our house.

I did make some very small changes so I will list the entire recipe below or feel free to check out the original by clicking on the recipe name below.

Pasta with Olives, Garlic & Sun-dried Tomatoes


1 pound of ziti, rotini or bow tie pasta
1/2 cup of Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro - Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives - sliced (these olives made all the difference in the world for this recipe - they added so much flavor)
1 cup plain sundried tomatoes, chopped (soak them in boiling water to soften them up and bring out their flavor)
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 cup Freshly Shredded Parmesan cheese
4-6 tablespoons of olive oil

Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions on the box.

As soon as you put the pasta in, heat a very large frying pan over medium heat and add olive oil. After one minute add garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds. Turn heat down to low and add sun dried tomatoes, olives, and a pinch of salt, and cook until the pasta is done.

Remove pasta from pot with a slotted spoon, and add directly to the frying pan. Ladle into the pan at least one cup of the liquid the pasta cooked in. Stir thoroughly.

Pour into a large bowl and sprinkle with cheese.

Serve with a salad and fresh bread.

*My husband does not really care for sun-dried tomatoes, but he said this pasta recipe was awesome!