Spaghetti with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts

Author:Inspired by Moosewood Simple, pg. 28
Yield:4 servings
Category:Main Courses


1/2 cups sun-dried tomatoes
1 lb. spaghetti
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cups toasted pine nuts
1/4 cups minced fresh parsley (optional)
 salt and pepper to taste
 grated Parmesan


  1. Place the sun-dried tomatoes in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and set aside to soften for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. While the pasta cooks, in a small pan over low heat or in microwave-safe bowl, heat the oil and garlic until golden. Set aside. Drain the sun-dried tomatoes, reserving the soaking liquid. Cut the tomatoes into thin strips.
  3. When the pasta is done, drain it and place in a serving bowl. Add the cooked garlic, tomato strips, pine nuts, and parsley.
  4. Toss well. Stir in some of the reserved liquid to moisten the pasta, if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, topped with grated cheese, if desired.
  5. Optional: Add chopped, fresh tomatoes, 1-2 tablespoons of capers or sliced olives, or some thinly sliced, cooked fennel.