I told you I’m a garlic lover, I think if vampires exists (which by the way, don’t exist – thought you would want to know) I can kill them with one breath from a mile away! Whoever found garlic bulbs should be given an eternal recognition! This recipe calls for a lot of garlic – yay!! This is the type of recipe that reminds me of a wholesome rustic Italian meal somewhere in the rural village of Italy. I can imagine myself eating this pasta with a good glass of wine over looking the vineyard in Tuscany or sitting in a quaint outdoor garden surrounded by flowers and plants with close friends to share the meal with.
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 pound spaghetti
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8-10 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
grated Parmesan or crumbled ricotta salata (optional)
Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a heat proof bowl, cover with boiling water, and set aside to soften for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large covered pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
While the pasta cooks, in a small pan on low heat or in a microwave-safe bowl, heat the oil and garlic until golden. Set aside. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes, reserving the soaking liquid. Cut the tomatoes into thin strips.
When the pasta is done, drain it and place in a serving bowl. Add the cooked garlic, sun-dried tomato strips, pine nuts, and parsley. Toss well. Stir in some of the reserved sun-dried tomato liquid to moisten the pasta, if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, topped with grated cheese if you like.
My opinion: Lovely fragrant garlic in olive oil, deep sun-dried tomato flavour, and fresh nutty pine nuts! Seriously, what else do I need??? When I cooked the garlic in the olive oil, I added the sliced sun-dried tomatoes which, I think, made the tomatoes more tasty. I did not add parsley, and also added freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese. I made a side of salad with lime, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper dressing.