Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes

Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes
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Serves: 4
  • ⅔ pound dried pasta bowties, spirals or tubetti
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ - ½ cup chopped fresh basil or parsley
  • ½ cup toasted pinenuts (optional)
  • ***dressing***
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tomato, cubed
  • ⅓ cup fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta and cook until tender. Drain immediately and rinse with cold water. Place in a medium size serving bowl and add tomatoes, basil or parsley and pinenuts, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Place the sundried tomatoes and the water in a small bowl and let sit 5 minutes or until the tomatoes start to soften. Add the tomatoes and water, along with the remaining ingredients to a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Puree until smooth.
  3. Combine dressing with pasta and add parmesan, if desired. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes: this sauce is great on grilled or poached chicken and fish.