Saturday, June 18, 2011
Pass the Pasta Please - Sun-dried tomato corkscrew pasta
If you are looking for a great, cold summer pasta salad, this is the one for you. It's Ina Garten's recipe for Pasta with Sun-dried tomatoes. You can find the recipe at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/pasta-with-sun-dried-tomatoes-recipe/index.html
It tastes even better refridgerated overnight. Ina says to use spirals, but the best pasta for this are "Corkscrews." (Mueller's makes them). The huge pasta shapes make your pasta salad look and taste that much better. Also, salt your water fairly heavily so your pasta is very tasty. Because I salt the water, (which makes the pasta taste good, not salty), and I use the capers in the dressing, and all the parmesan cheese, I do not add additional salt which she calls for. Believe me, it will be salty enough if you do this.
Be careful - her recipe only calls for 8 oz of dried pasta, which is HALF a 16 oz box. If you make the whole box, you will have an enormous amount, and you will need to double all the other ingredients.
I get great reviews for this pasta salad. I made it on Mother's Day this year, and I'm bringing to a BBQ tonight.