Sun-dried Tomato Pasta Salad

I've posted this before but for new followers, I thought it was worth posting it again. My daughter was home for the weekend and this sun-dried pasta salad was one of the things she requested that I make for her to take back when she leaves today.

It starts with a jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil.

Add them to your food processor. I also add some of my oven roasted tomatoes. You could use a can of tomatoes as a substitute for the oven roasted ones.

Coarsely chop about 7 cloves of garlic. This is another recipe I am doubling so you can cut it in half if you don't have tons of people to feed. Add the garlic to the tomatoes.

Add 6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.

Add about 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt. You might need to add more later.

Add 1 1/2 cup of olive oil.

Pulse until all is combined and the sauce is smooth.

I cover it and refrigerate it for a day to allow the flavors to blend.

I boiled 2 pounds of rotini pasta.

Then it is mixed with the sauce.

I added 2 cups of chopped kalamata olives and 2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese.

Halve or quarter 3 cups of cherry tomatoes.

Thinly slice 1 whole bunch of fresh basil. Stir it all together and taste to adjust seasoning.

Serve at room temperature for the best flavor. This is a wonderful dinner for warm weather. Not that we have any of that stuff!!!


Anonymous said…
It does look very nice! I have nothing against sun dried tomatoes but I don´t think I´ve ever bought any. My older brother that is a big fan of them usually gives me a jar or two when we meet though :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
This looks like just what I need today. Nice and easy and I can eat on it all afternoon. Or all day tomorrow since we are going to have bad storms. I have made this before and it is wonderful. The sauce is heavenly on gnocci also.
Pricilla said…
It is such a pretty meal...
I think this recipes sounds delicious. My daughter would love this one too. Sun dried tomatoes really have a taste that is hard to describe. We love them at my house.
well now...that is just about my favorite thing to eat....ever....

looks so wonderful
off to boil up some pasta


kary and l'il teddy
Chrissykat said…
This looks soooooo good & I love sun dried tomatoes! I don't have a food processor though...I wonder if I could blend those ingredients with a regular blender (or hand blender)? Hmmmm...
My Grama's Soul said…
Oh favorite things...sun dried tomatoes...pasta and basil ...... ....Oh why oh why am i dieting!!!!


Still looks yummy, one of my fav's too.


xoxo to "Teddy Red Fluffs".
Kimberley Paige said…
This looks delicious! A definite must-try!
Do you have a good recipe for "anadama" bread? Just had it for the first time and LOVED it! A little afraid to try and make it...
I'm showing this to my mom... she has to make this!
Rue said…
No warm weather here either...sigh.

My heart did leap for joy though at the shot of all that garlic! Nice!
chickpea678 said…
Yum! Thanks for another great recipe on my "to make" list!