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Tuscan Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta with Pine Nuts Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

This Tuscan sun-dried tomato pasta with pine nuts is my go-to comfort dish. It's a symphony of flavors - tangy tomatoes, nutty pine nuts, and rich olive oil. Simple, yet incredibly satisfying.

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Oh boy, are you in for a treat! This dreamy Tuscan Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Pine Nuts is my go-to when I'm craving something savory yet simple. Picture bows of pasta glistening with olive oil, intertwined with the robust flavor of sun-dried tomatoes and topped off with a delightful crunch from perfectly toasted pine nuts. Toss in some minced garlic and Parmesan cheese for that extra kick and voila, you're dining in Tuscany! Indulge, my friends, because this is comfort food at its finest.

Ingredients You'll Need

  • Pasta: Main component of the dish, provides a hearty base for the sauce and other ingredients to cling to.
  • Sun-dried tomatoes: Adds a rich, intense flavor to the dish, giving a sweet and tangy contrast to the pasta.
  • Pine nuts: Brings a crunchy texture and nutty flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste and adding depth.

Essential Tools for Making This Pasta Dish

  • Pot: To cook the pasta.
  • Pan: To toast the pine nuts and sauté the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Colander: To drain the cooked pasta.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a pan, toast pine nuts until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In the same pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta to the pan. Toss to combine with the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve the pasta topped with toasted pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 8 g | Total Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 2.5 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 320 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 4 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 380 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Tips for Making Ahead and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare the sun-dried tomato and garlic mixture and keep it in a separate container in the fridge.
  • Toast the pine nuts and store them in a sealed container at room temperature.
  • When ready to serve, combine all the components in a pan, heat through, and serve.

Freezing Instructions

  • It is not recommended to freeze this dish as the texture of the pasta and ingredients may change when thawed.

One interesting fact about this tuscan sun-dried tomato pasta with pine nuts recipe is that to enhance the flavor, you can infuse the olive oil with crushed red pepper flakes before adding the garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. This will give the dish a subtle kick of heat that complements the sweetness of the tomatoes and nuttiness of the pine nuts. Enjoy experimenting with different levels of spiciness to suit your taste preferences!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:
Is this Tuscan sun-dried tomato pasta suitable for vegetarians?
Yes, this recipe is vegetarian-friendly as it does not contain any meat or animal products.
Can I use a different type of nut instead of pine nuts?
Absolutely! You can substitute pine nuts with almonds, walnuts, or even cashews for a different flavor.
How long does it take to make this sun-dried tomato pasta?
This recipe can be ready in about 20-25 minutes, making it a quick and easy meal option.
Can I make this pasta dish ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this pasta ahead of time and reheat it when ready to serve. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Is it possible to make this recipe gluten-free?
Certainly! You can use gluten-free pasta to make this Tuscan sun-dried tomato pasta gluten-free.

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