Saturday, March 7, 2009

Happy Saturday

Happy Saturday Greetings Everyone - My sister in law came over to visit for the day and she and my wife decided to take Rowan to the playground for an hour or two. I stayed behind to finish up some orders for the shop and to make some lunch for when they return.

I decided to make a pasta salad dish with sun dried tomatoes and shredded Parmesan cheese. I just love the tangy taste of sun dried tomatoes mixed with a good olive oil and some basil. This is a recipe I came up with. You can serve this salad warm or cold.

Penne Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Parmesan

1 Box Penne Pasta (we use Dreamfield's low carb)
1 8 oz Package Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
1 5 oz. Container Shredded Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbs. Dried Basil Leaves
1/4 cup of good Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. of Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. of Cracked Pepper Corns

1. Combine chopped sun dried tomatoes (even though the tomatoes are roughly chopped I chop them more so you don't bite down on hugh pieces of tomato), olive oil, basil, salt and pepper in the bottom of a large bowl. Set aside to allow the tomatoes to absorb the flavors of the spices.

2. Cook penne pasta till tender, drain and rinse in hot water.

3. While the pasta is still hot combine it with the tomato mixture in your large bowl. Add your parmesan cheese and mix. The parmesan will start to melt in the hot pasta.

4. Serve warm or chilled.

This is one of those salads that tastes better the next day after it has set in the fridge for a while. If you like garlic, you can add some fresh chopped cloves to your tomato and oil mixture. I am a cheese lover, so sometimes I add a little crumbled feta to the top of the salad and drizzle a little more olive oil over the top. Yum!


  1. YUMMY, Now that looks right up our Alley, TY for sharing :)

  2. You are so thoughtful and helpful that it never ceases to amaze me, Ryan.
    That is unheard of around here.
    I hope Mrs. Ryan knows how blessed she is to have such a loving, caring, workload sharing, best friend and hubby like you. It's a rarity for sure.
    Most of the men I know, (excluding my DH) are beer guzzling, sports watching, belly scratching, too lazy to get off the couch to do anything, types.
    The world could use more good men like you and the hubs. =)
    And yes, that goes for women too...

    The pasta looks yummy!

  3. I'm gaining weight just reading your blog, lol! Great recipe & I second
    Kristie's comment... Although my DH is wonderful & supportive, too!

  4. Received my tags and wax tart today...I was doing the old lady happy dance when I saw them...Thanks you so very much...I have so much fun showing everyone what I got....Thanks for stopping by...come and see me again...Your salad sounds so refreshing....Lucky wife...

  5. Salad looks delicious! I have never tried sun dried tomatoes but I am gonna now. P.S. I got the tags Ryan, and they are so nice! They smelled so good too! Thank you for thinking of me and sending them out. Best wishes to you both.

  6. Well that looks yummy
    and easy..

    Thank Ryan!!

  7. WOW!! That looks so delicious! You can't beat the flavor of fresh fruit, either! One of the best gifts God has given us!! Best of luck...hope baby comes soon!
    Jacque in SC

  8. (Giggle) I was looking at your post with the fruit salad when I made the comment! Oh well, both the recipes look wonderful!
    Jacque in SC


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