I decided to make this pasta dish for dinner a few days ago after watching Giada De Laurentiis make it on her cooking show. ‘Giada at Home’ is one of my favorite shows to watch on The Food Channel – I love how she uses simple, fresh ingredients, and most of the things she makes can be made in 30 minutes or less. This particular recipe took only 20 minutes to make and it was delicious! It’s a simple vegetarian pasta dish with a sauce that is very similar to pesto. The sauce is filled with flavors that I love – basil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, olives and lemon. It’s the perfect meal to make on a busy weeknight, and the leftovers are excellent for lunch the next day too. The linguine would also be great topped with grilled boneless skinless chicken. I am already planning to make this again very soon!
Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives, and Lemon
- 1 pound linguine pasta
- 1 cup (6 ounces) chopped or julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
- 1 cup (4 ounces) medium green Italian olives, pitted
- 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Zest of 1 large lemon
- Juice of half of a lemon
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl.
- In a food processor, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil, garlic, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Pulse until blended but still a little chunky.
- Add the Parmesan cheese to the pasta and toss well. Pour the tomato mixture on top and toss until the pasta is coated. If the sauce is dry, add some of the reserved pasta water and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Source: Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis