Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sundried Tomato Penne Pasta

So... I kind of love pasta. It's the perfect meal: uncomplicated, delicious, and goes with pretty much everything. It was the first "real" meal I ever made for my hubby, and is therefore my first love in the world of food.

Before I moved out, I had absolutely no interest in cooking, learning to cook, or doing anything remotely close to that. Growing up, my mom tried to teach me what she could, but as she'd turn her back to stir the pot, I'd run off and hide.

One day, it just hit me. I was hungry and I wanted food. How's that for a basic impulse? So I went to our pantry and started experimenting with pasta. I ended up with my own version of farfalle alla vodka (sans vodka... I used cooking wine as it was all we had around). It blew my mind. I loved what I had made and wanted to make more. Ever since then, I have grown to love creating new dishes and making food.

In addition, pasta pairs favorably with my other love: cheese; the more the merrier, I find. What more is there to say? Pasta is amazing!

Sundried Tomato Penne Pasta
Adapted from epicurious
Serves 4

1/4 cup toasted almonds
A handful of parsley, roughly chopped
15-20 pieces of sundried tomato halves
3 tbs of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb penne pasta
Grated Parmesan cheese

Toast the almonds in a pan over medium heat until fragrant, around 5 minutes. Add parsley, almonds, tomatoes, and garlic in a food processor and pulse until smooth. You can add more oil if it's not blending together as you like. Add salt and pepper to the pesto mixture as you prefer.

Cook the pasta, drain, and toss with the pesto. Add as much cheese as you'd like! Bon app├ętit.


  1. I love the additions of the almonds! A little nuttiness and a little crunch!

  2. Leanne WilliamsonMay 22, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Hi Elise! I've nominated your lovely blog for the Liebster Award!


    Leanne x

  3. It was the perfect addition and gave the perfect amount of nuttiness!

  4. :D I do, I love your blog!

  5. McKenna Lou RyanMay 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Mmmm! Sun dried tomatoes are my weakness! This looks so yummy. xx. McKenna Lou

  6. My stomach is growling while looking at these photos...it looks ahhhmazing!

    The Other Side of Gray

  7. Hi Leanne! So sorry that I didn't see this sooner! Thanks for the nomination! I've actually already by nominated for this award, if you'd like to read the post, you can do so here: http://impossiblyelise.blogspot.com/2013/01/liebster-award.html
    Thanks again, that's so kind of you :)

  8. Barbara Mizzoni-YoungJuly 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Looks yummy. Found you via Bloglovin' Collective. Following at Bloglovin'.

    Barbara @ allmylivesnow.blogspot.com

  9. Emilyraphael@gmail.comJuly 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Looks yummy. I love the new blog look. Thanks for including me in you blog favorites! That made my day. *blush*


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