Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Mmm. This pasta was lighter than your typical bowl. Can pasta really be light? Anyways, when I purchased the pesto for the pizza the other day I saw this jar next to it and it looked equally delicious so I thought I'd give it a whirl. This was an easy and fairly quick meal, although I never realized just how long it took to boil penne noodles! I ran and got my tan on at this place called 'Sun-N-Side' before starting dinner. Get it? Sun-N-Side? Ah, I didn't catch that my first few visits. I'm sure that my face is, or soon will be equally as red as a tomato soon enough. So, this meal is very appropriate.

My husband apparently hates tomatoes. Hey, I'm not a huge fan myself but pasta sauce does not equal tomato in my opinion. Either way, he always complains when there is too much sauce, so, I think this might be perfect for him. He's currently at the gym so we'll find out. By the time he gets back and re-heats it back up, it probably will have lost it's deliciousness right? Well, even if that isn't the case, I can always blame it on that if he tries to claim it's horrible. I topped mine with a scoop of ricotta cheese and a pinch of parsley flakes. I'm trying to come up with things to use this ginormous container of ricotta I still have from last weeks pizza. Any idea how long it lasts? Hmm.

2 mild Italian sausage links
1/2 lb. penne pasta
1/2 jar sun-dried tomato pesto sauce
garlic salt
ground black pepper
ricotta cheese (optional)
parsley flakes (optional)

I boiled my sausage, and then browned for a few minutes in the skillet after removing from water and slicing. Cook pasta according to package. Once drained, combine sausage, penne noodles, pesto, a few shakes of garlic salt and pepper, and mix. Top with a spoonful of ricotta and sprinkle of parsley to dress it up a bit. I thought the ricotta was an amazing little addition.

This may be my shortest and un-wittiest (is that a word?!) post thus far. It's getting late and I'd love to jump in the shower and dry my hair before bed time, which somehow seems to get here faster than ever!

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