I love to cook and and I love to read. As I was sitting on the beach in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. reading my latest novel, a "novel" idea came to me. I decided I would start a blog which combined both passions where I review a book, and also write about a new dish I cook. The food will be inspired by either the food mentioned in the book, or inspired by the geography and culture in the book. Enjoy!
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.
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Absolutely delicious :o)ReplyDelete
Thanks Rachel - I'm glad you liked it!ReplyDelete
What else do you serve it with? I love pasta salad but my partner doesn't think it can be a meal on it's own!ReplyDelete
Hi Sarah -ReplyDelete
You could serve it with anything! Would go well with a bbq or picnic, sandwhiches, grilled chicken or anything like that. It is fabulous! Ina Garten created the recipe (Barefoot Contessa) so you might find some complementary recipes on her site as well! Let me know how it turns out!