Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Basil in a glass

A delightful pasta dish seasoned with sun dried tomatoes marinated in white wine and fresh basil. This dish is quick and easy if you marinate the tomatoes earlier in the day. Recipe from Taste Life! Organic Recipes* (2002) by Leslie Cerier. Reprinted by permission of Square One Publishers.

Serves 4-6

  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, not packed in oil, sliced
  • 8 to 10 ounces pasta, any short shape
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 10 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 bunches fresh basil (about 1 1/2 cup leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar or
    lemon juice and sea salt to taste

Marinate sun-dried tomatoes in wine for 2 hours.

Cook pasta in plenty of rapidly simmering water until al dente, then drain.

Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet or wok, sauté the onions and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 2 minutes.

Add marinated tomatoes and wine. Sauté-simmer for 5 minutes. Add zucchini and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in basil and umeboshi vinegar.

Turn off heat and drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir and taste. Adjust the seasonings, if desired.

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One comment on “Basil and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

  1. Ruchama

    I love basil and sun dried tomatoes and live in Berkeley where we can actually get basil fresh all year (now from Mexico) at reasonable prices. However, we try to eat produce that does not have to be imported during the season. I think it would be helpful if the recipes posted were appropriate to the season even for folks living where the ingredients are hard to find or very expensive during their “off season.” Also we find we appreciate fruits and vegetables more if we confine our consumption to the appropriate seasons. No peaches from Chile in November. No strawberries in December (even though we can get them locally grown).

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