I received some dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes as a gift when my friend went for a holiday in Greece recently (thanks!) A quick Google shows that they are usually used in pastas and salads etc. So I made a very simple aglio e olio so that the intense flavours of the sun-dried tomatoes can shine.
Sun-dried tomatoes are made by - as the name suggests - drying ripe tomatoes in the sun. Sometimes, a dehydrator or oven is used. The flavours are extremely intense and salty, so a little goes a long way. They are usually either dry-packed or packed in oil. Dry-packed ones need to be rehydrated before use while those packed in oil can be used immediately. The oil can also be used for salad dressings, win-win!
I have to say that this pasta is a bit of an acquired taste. X didn't like the taste of the sun-dried tomatoes but I love it (and it's also why you are seeing single-serving recipe today hehe). The intense and salty taste that come with every bite of garlicky pasta definitely brings this aglio e olio up a notch. If you have some sun-dried tomatoes on hand, do give this a try and let me know if you like it!
|1) Soak sun-dried tomatoes in boiling water until soft, about 10 minutes.||2) Chop into small pieces.|
|3) Boil a pot of water and season generously with salt (1 tablespoon per litre of water). Add in pasta and cook according to package's instructions until al dente.||4) While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add in garlic and cook until the garlic is golden.|
|5) Stir in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes.||6) Add al dente pasta into the frying pan and toss to coat with the oil. If the pasta seems dry, add in the pasta water bit by bit.|
Pasta Aglio e Olio with Sun-Dried Tomatoes [Single-Serving
- 2 slices sun-dried tomatoes
- 80 grams pasta
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- Chilli flakes, optional
- Fresh herbs, flat-leaf parsley, basil etc, optional
- Soak sun-dried tomatoes in boiling water until soft, about 10 minutes. Chop into small pieces.
- Boil a pot of water and season generously with salt (1 tablespoon per litre of water). Add in pasta and cook according to package's instructions until al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add in garlic and cook until the garlic is golden. Stir in the chopped sun-dried tomatoes and chilli flakes, if using. If pasta is not ready by now, remove the frying pan from heat.
- When the pasta is ready, return the frying pan to medium heat. Reserve ¼ cup of pasta water and strain the pasta. Add into the frying pan and toss to coat with the oil. If the pasta seems dry, add in the pasta water bit by bit.
- Stir in the fresh herbs, if using. Transfer into a serving dish and serve immediately.
Aglio e olio is a favorite of mine for preparing pasta and I often use it as the base for other pasta dishes. At one time or another, I've added mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus. and, yes, sun dried tomatoes. Needless to say, I love this recipe that you've shared, Jasline. 🙂
I love the rich flavor of sun-dried tomatoes! This sounds great to me, Jasline!