Sun dried Tomato Penne
•8 oz. whole wheat penne, or bow tie pasta
•1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
•8 dry sun-dried tomatoes*
•1 tsp Italian seasoning
•1 ½ tsp salt
•½ tsp black pepper
•2 tbsp fresh basil
•2 tbsp fresh parsley
•2 tbsp olive oil
1. Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in warm water for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Slice the sundried tomatoes. If you like, do not discard the liquid.
2. Meanwhile cook penne according package direction. Heat oil in a pan. Add sun-dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add cooked pasta, basil and parsley and cook for another 2 minutes.
3.Sun-dried tomatoes can be found in most grocery stores. In Italy, the sun-dried tomatoes are usually stuffed with herbs (may contain garlic). The American sun-dried tomatoes are safer to use. The ones I used in this recipe (see picture) are real organic (grown and “sundried” by a family in Florida) tomatoes without any Aand that’s why they look so “dark”. The store bought sun-dried tomatoes would not make the dish so dark.
4. I often use the liquid (for its distinct favor) to make salad dressing or soup.
By Madhavi Dasi Devi