Rotini with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Rotini with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Prep Time

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Cook Time

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Serves

4 people

Pasta is a great weeknight main dish because you can present a delicious, healthy, hearty meal in very little time.  This sun dried tomato sauce is a perfect example, taking only about 5 minutes to prepare!  The addition of capers and almonds creates a tangy, nutty flavor surprise your family is going to love!  Do give it a try and let me know how you like it!

This is a recipe from Chat ‘n Dish show host, K.C. Quaretti. View episodes of the show now on The Food Channel.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried rotini
  • ¾ cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained
  • 6 large basil leaves (more if small)
  • ¼ cup shelled almonds
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan: plus extra for topping cooked pasta
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • ½ cup or more extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt for the sauce: plus 3 tablespoons for pasta water

Preparation

  • 1 Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 3 tablespoons salt and Rotini or your favorite pasta.
  • 2 In the bowl of your food processor combine; tomatoes, basil, almonds, parmesan, garlic, capers and pinch of salt.
  • 3 While blending, drizzle olive oil until you have a soft well mixed paste.
  • 4 Transfer tomato sauce to a pan and warm.
  • 5 Add cooked pasta and one ladle of the pasta cooking water.
  • 6 Stir well to coat pasta.
  • 7 Remove from heat and sprinkle with additional parmesan.
  • 8 Serve immediately.

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