Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil and Spices

My Husband and unico hijo went to the grocery store to buy some milk but came home with extra stuff including the take and bake home garlic bread. I asked about the garlic bread, responsed was "I'm craving for it". Garlic bread only means we are having pasta. We already had some pasta last week so thinking perhaps we have some left over ingredients to cook another pasta dish.

Went on a scavenging hunt for pasta dish ingredients and for some reason I'm getting lucky lately, why? Well, everytime I think of something to cook I didnt have to go out and drive just for a few ingredients ( Gotta save some gas!!! ).

Wanted to cook something refreshing and light in sauce like the penne pasta with pesto.

My scavenging hunt started in our fridge and when I opened it, infront of me, as if staring is a jar of sun dried tomatoes and a jar of marinated artichokes that I have been using for turkey sandwhich ( I'll be posting a turkey sandwhich with sun dried tomatoes and marinated artichokes next time). Found some left over grilled chicken breast, butter, shaved parmesan and flat leaves parsley too. Next went in our pantry and found different kind of pasta; medium shell pasta, manicotti, linguini, spaghetti, elbow and farfalle. I was thinking of using the farfalle but that is my unico hijo's favorite shape pasta so its a no no. I could use that for emergency meal for him. Decision, decision... decided with the shell pasta. Found some italian seasoning too. Italian seasoning is a combination or a blend of seven herbs that gives the authentic italian flavor to any dishes. It consist of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and basil.

My ingredients scavenging hunt for a pasta dish was successful. Found everything I needed.

But I have sun dried tomatoes and artichokes , now do I use the marinated artichokes or the sun dried tomatoes? Can't use both. Hmmm light, summery, sweet, tangy..definitely and no question about it, sun dried tomatoes it is ! Yummmm, I could almost smell, see and taste it. I could definitely tell I'll have another delicious pasta dish.

So Pasta with Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and spices it is.
Below is the recipe for my Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil and Spices.

Cooked the pasta "al dente" and drained. Save about 3/4 cup of the water from the pasta and just mixed all the ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste if needed.

And voila... Pasta with Sun dried tomatoes prepared on our "meza" or table, including the garlic bread that my husband bought and some green salad on the side...bringing a taste of italy once again on our "meza".