Make Ahead Monday: Sundried Tomato Pasta

 

It was about this time a year ago that I was in bed, recovering from having all four of my molar teeth pulled when my husband came to me with the news that he might have to leave for a year or more while we stayed inFlorida.  Of course, I was heart-broken thinking of me and the kids having to be apart for him for that long.  After a long six months of waiting to hear what the next few years would hold for us, we finally got the good news that we would going as a family to Bahrain and were on the plane just six weeks later.

It hasn’t always been easy living abroad, but each challenge has made us stronger as a couple and a family.  However, it has been an amazing experience thus far and I am so glad we’ve been able to have as a family.

While in the past, we weren’t big on celebrating Valentine’s day- we don’t need a date on a calendar to show each other love- this year does feel special because we are able to be together.  With busy schedules, I wasn’t sure when or if we would be able to sit down and have a nice meal together this week, so I thought I wanted something special that was freezer friendly that could be ready on short notice.  This pasta, while not as red as I was envisioning, was flavorful enough that it only needed to be tossed with a bit of butter (or EVOO) and parmesan cheese for a fast dinner that was still heart felt. 

 

Sundried Tomato Pasta

Adapted from  my Spinach Ravioli

 

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dried sun-dried tomatoes

1 cup cake flour (not self-rising)

1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for salting pasta water

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water

Butter and parmesan cheese for serving (optional)

 

 

Preparation:

Pour water over dried tomatoes and allow them to soak for 15 minutes to rehydrate them.  Remove the tomatoes from the water, reserving the water and roughly chop them.  Add all of the ingredients (except butter and cheese) to a food processor.

Process until a dough forms.  Dust counter tops with flour.  Remove the dough and knead for 6-8 minutes or until the dough is elastic, adding more flour if necessary.  Allow the dough to rest 30 minutes.  Follow directions on your pasta maker for rolling out the dough*

Bring a pot of heavily salted water to a boil.  Toss in the fresh pasta and cook 2-3 minutes, or until the pasta floats to the top.  Drain and immediately toss with a pat of butter, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and serve. 

 

*If using this as a make-ahead meal, toss the uncooked, formed pasta with flour and place in a freeze safe container to freeze.  Cook the frozen pasta as directed, adding 30 seconds or so to the cooking time. 

 

Tina@flourtrader - I have never made any type of flavored pasta, but I do think that this would be my flavor choice! You did a great job on this recipe -it looks delicious. Also, I have cake flour and it is a lot cheaper than using semolina or pasta flour.
My brother recently got married and will be going to Saudi for two months for his company. Luckily there are no young kids that came into the marriage, so it is not as difficult. However, going as a family in any case is always best.
Happy Valentine’s day!

alyssa - Tina, I really enjoyed the flavor too. I use cake flour because I usually have it on hand. Tell your brother if he gets a chance to drive across the Causeway to Bahrain for a visit, he should take advantage. There are tons of great restaurants and things to see!

Ramona - Wow that pasta looks amazing!! What a cool pasta machine!! You know dough and me are not friends yet… so one of these days I have to get off my butt and do it. I’m so happy you and your family are together on this day of celebration. I agree.. .it should be celebrated every day…. but most men forget on this one day… LOL! I hope it was extra special for you. You know I think you’re amazing to keep so well grounded while living with your small kids in a foreign country. Amazing job! :)

Cassie - Wow, this is amazing! I wish I had some for our meal tonight. I’m glad that you have enjoyed living abroad!

Ann - This is delicious, Alyssa and your site is OMG stunning! WOW! I am SO sorry, but I accidentally deleted your comment! Will you still be my valentine? I remember when honey bunny worked overseas…..going with him was the best decision I ever made! Have a GREAT day!

Colleen Bierstine - Sundried tomato pasta? Heck yes! I love plain old pasta, but jazzing it up like this makes it even better. I really want to try making homemade pasta. This looks so good!
Happy V-Day!

Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen - What a cool gadget!!! Love this recipe!

alyssa - Thank you Ramona for your kind words. Some days it seems like I’m hardly keeping it together, but I do try :) As for the dough, it really isn’t scary. Especially this recipe, throw everything in a food processor and it does the work for you. You can do it!

alyssa - No worries, Ann! Of course, you could always be my Valentine :)

Lacy @ NYCityEats - This recipe sounds amazing! I’m absolutely going to try this out! I actually love the color of the noodles, really looks delicious. And I love that it’s so flavorful that you can toss it with some EVOO & Parm, seriously yum!

By the way I LOVE your site, I think I might spend all day on here drooling over all of your great recipes & photos!

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo - I really want an extruder! What kind do you have and do you love it?? I have the roller attachment for my kitchenaid, but can only make noodles with it. I am definitely going to be trying this recipe with noodles though. What a delicious combination of flavors for noodles! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Steve @ the black peppercorn - I have been wanting to pull out my pasta maker lately. I haven’t made any in a few months. This looks delicious! So glad I stumbled into your blog!

Cucina49 - I have never made a shaped pasta like this one and am in awe of how beatifully it turned out! As for V-day, I think your philosophy is totally correct, although I can’t imagine how hard it was to have your husband gone for so long.

Leigh - This looks great :) Glad that I stumbled across it! Going to make some this weekend in fettucine form, I love pastas that have enough flavor for a light sauce. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - This looks delicious! I love sun-dried tomatoes!

alyssa - Me too, thanks!

alyssa - I agree. I also tossed some of the left overs in a light cream sauce and that was just as good

alyssa - I’ve had it for about a month but this was the first time I pulled out the machine. I also have the kitckenaid attachment but it only makes pasta sheets and angel hair noodles. I found this machine a while ago tucked way back on a shelf in my favorite local place to shop, Lulu, for about BD5 (that’s about $13) so of course I grabbed it :)

alyssa - Thank you. When I saw this recipe in my head, I was hoping for a more vibrant red, but my dried tomatoes were more brownish. But I did love that you can still see specks of the tomatoes in the noodles

Reem | Simply Reem - This will be my choice of flavor pasta anytime….
I am glad you are enjoying your stay abroad, I have traveled alot to different countries but have never stayed…
Take care.

Ann - *sigh* Thank you! I felt SO bad when I hit the wrong button….and the computer wouldn’t let me change my mind!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - Looks wonderful, even if not red enough. So glad you guys are together! We were apart for weeks while we sold our house, and it was hard. Can’t imagine a year of overseas!

Nami | Just One Cookbook - I love sun-dried tomatoes and that’s one of my first discovery when I came to the US (we don’t use it in Japan, at least back then). I got hooked with these and I remember I made a lot of pasta with them. That’s why your pasta is something I’d LOOOOOVE to make. I’ve never made pasta before but if I ever do, it’ll be sun-dried tomato pasta for sure. I didn’t know you had only 6 weeks to prepare before moving. That’s so short for packing everything to live abroad! Wow, you are a supermom!

Eating Deliciously - I’ve never made fresh pasta but I love the idea of a sun-dried tomato version. I really like that this is a make ahead meal.

Kelly @ Inspired Edibles - This sounds like a pretty wonderful Valentine’s day meal to me… sundried tomato is delicious and I think the colour turned out beautifully. How nice that you were together to celebrate ~ my view is that any occasion or excuse to spread more love in the world, is alright by me ;).

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