Emily Cooks: Sun-dried tomato pasta

from Everyday Italian

I don’t, in general, like pesto. But I love sun-dried tomatoes. So when I saw this recipe in my copy of Everyday Italian, I thought, why not?

It was a good call. Oh my, friends. This is a good meal. DEFINITELY heed this note: While the pasta cooks, scoop out a good 3/4 c.-1 c. of pasta water, and use it to dilute the pesto. This will make it much more “spreadable” and will coat the pasta more evenly, so you get pasta avec sauce, not pasta avec sauce clumps. 

The addition of fresh basil makes this a perfect recipe to try in summer and fall, when the basil plants are blooming!

 1 (8.5 oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil

1 c. (packed) fresh basil leaves

2 garlic cloves

1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

In the bowl of a food processor, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil with the basil and garlic just until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer the pesto to a medium bowl and stir in the cheese and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. Season the pesto with more salt and pepper to taste. Add water until it is the desired consistency.

NUTRITIONAL INFO: (with farfalle pasta, per serving)

Cal: 518

18.5 g fat/ 2.4 g saturated fat

69.4 carbs

4.5 fiber

19.0 protein

Vitamin A 8%, C 3%, Calcium 17%, Iron 35%

Serves four

REally, this just amuses me greatly…

Dan: The thing that I’m proudest of is Quidditch. I’ve spoken to at least 2 or 3 professional Quidditch players who think any team will be lucky to have me.

Simple Woman’s Daybook–August 30, 2011

Outside (Panera’s) window….sun is setting, it’s a beautiful evening once again. We’ve had a really nice run of almost-fall days and nights where I can sleep with my windows open. This makes me really happy. Sadly it will get warmer on W-Th-F. I’m ready for fall.

I am thinking…that I’m really irritated that my internet was cut off 10 days before my move. Also very irate that I won’t have it back until Friday.

I am thankful for…Internet at Panera.

From the kitchen…mostly using up stuff so I don’t have to move it! PBJs and pasta, mostly.

I am wearing…jeans, and an AWESOME shirt.woot! t-shirt, “Teacher Talks Funny.” It’s the Charlie Brown kids with the teacher in front of them, but she’s holding a trombone (which is how they made the waaah waah on the show). This is a bit of an inside joke w/ me and selected others—I always say this is how new people sound to me avec the CI. Ha.

I am reading…ballet books, in prep for class on Thursday; Introduction to the Devout Life.

I am hoping…for a good start to the dance class year; a fun weekend at Lake Erie w/ my friends.

In the CD player…The juno sound track.

Around the house…cleaning out the pantry, especially the baking cabinet, and packing for the long weekend.

One of my favorite things….a long weekend w/ friends.

Plans for the rest of the week… Th: Lunch w/ Dad, and ballet class; Friday: Heading to the lake, where we’ll be through Sunday.


Because my internet provider is dumb, my internet was accidentally disconnected many days before my move. I won’t get it back till Friday. Until then I have VERY limited internet, which will mostly be reserved for post-work blog fests at Panera or on my lunch break at wifi locations around Columbus. This makes me really irritable. Very irritable.

The plus side is I got $100 for all the trouble they are putting me through. How many bagels will that pay for? Hmmm….

(Real posts coming. I just had to vent first.)

The lovers meet—right after “The Beauty Is”.


Light in the Piazza

Updates and such

A few news and notes from the beautiful calmness that is central Ohio today.

  • Prayers to all my friends/relatives on the east coast—there’s quite a few of them—and I hope you are all staying safe!
  • I’m also thinking about the OBX, which is one of the most gorgeous places ever, and I hope everyone there is OK. 😦 I want to come visit you next summer!
  • In the world of my body: No news from the sleep study yet. Tac: we’ve changed it so it’s 1 mg in the AM and 0.5 mg in the PM. Rejoice—no blood test for awhile!
  • Reading: Outlander, again; Mercy; True Devotion, and other random things. Read The Emperor of All Maladies this week and it is ASTONISHINGLY good. If you have any interest in medicine, the human body, or cancer at all, you need to read it. Also read The Tower, The Zoo and the Tortoise, which was really lovely. A lovely book. So few of those. 🙂 So go read some of those.
  • I promise recipes re: tomatoes and pics will be up soon. Later today. Hopefully. There were quite a few last week. 🙂

“Hey, let’s all speak in Italian!” 🙂


Light in the Piazza