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Rotini with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce


  • 8 ounces dried rotini
  • ¾ cup sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, drained
  • 6 large basil leaves (more if small)
  • ¼ cup shelled almonds
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan: plus extra for topping cooked pasta
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • ½ cup or more extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch of salt for the sauce: plus 3 tablespoons for pasta water

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Pasta is a great weeknight main dish because you can present a delicious, healthy, hearty meal in very little time.  This sun dried tomato sauce is a perfect example, taking only about 5 minutes to prepare!  The addition of capers and almonds creates a tangy, nutty flavor surprise your family is going to love!  Do give it a try and let me know how you like it!

This is a recipe from Chat 'n Dish show host, K.C. Quaretti. View episodes of the show now on The Food Channel.


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 3 tablespoons salt and Rotini or your favorite pasta.
  2. In the bowl of your food processor combine; tomatoes, basil, almonds, parmesan, garlic, capers and pinch of salt.
  3. While blending, drizzle olive oil until you have a soft well mixed paste.
  4. Transfer tomato sauce to a pan and warm.
  5. Add cooked pasta and one ladle of the pasta cooking water.
  6. Stir well to coat pasta.
  7. Remove from heat and sprinkle with additional parmesan.
  8. Serve immediately.