So I have this friend who is as obsessed with sun-dried tomatoes as I am with kale, and we all know how obsessed I am with kale, so you can only imagine. He puts sun-dried tomatoes in anything and everything, scrambled eggs, pasta, chicken dishes, cookies and brownies, you name it (just kidding on the last two, but I wouldn’t be surprised)! Sun-dried tomatoes haven’t been in my pantry for the past couple of years, not because I’m not a fan, but I guess I sort of forgot about them. Since I’ve been reintroduced to them, I’ve fallen in love with them once again. They really add that extra punch of flavor to any dish, and I love their chewy texture. I especially love them packed in olive oil, they’re so good that I could literally eat them out of the jar (and I have). I think I’m becoming as obsessed with them as my friend, and who knows, I may be adding them to my next kale salad or topping them on my next pizza.
My friend’s obsession reminded me of one my favorite cold summer pastas, which yes, include sun-dried tomatoes. I’ve seriously been making this pasta since 1994, and it’s still a pasta that I look forward to each summer. The combination of pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives is amazing! It’s the perfect pasta to bring to a picnic or potluck, and an easy weeknight dinner as it can be made ahead of time. I love it when I can come home after a busy day, open the fridge and have dinner all ready to go. All you have to do is pair this pasta with a salad and a baguette, and you have yourself the perfect meal for a hot summer night.