Monday, December 19, 2011

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

I recently started using Pintrest...a highly addictive online time waster. The gist of it is browse Pinterest for pretty pictures of whatever (food, clothes, funny quotes, decorating ideas) that others have pinned to their boards, "pin" the pictures you like to your various boards for quick reference later. Sort of like visual bookmarks. For me, aside from a great way to waste some time, Pinterest has become a good source for new recipes to try. This recipe is one that struck me as looking quite tasty when I saw the pin on someone's board. When I clicked through to the actual recipe, which comes from Carnation Milk, the recipe itself was very simple.

To sum up the recipe, it was very creamy, very rich. I could have used a bit more sun-dried tomato flavor as the cheese and creaminess of the sauce tended to overwhelm all the other flavors. For a quick weeknight meal, this one is an easy one to add to the arsenal.

Here's the original recipe from Carnation: Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

  • 2 cups (8 oz.) dry penne pasta
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Nestle Carnation Evaporated Lowfat 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian-style four-cheese blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding sun-dried tomatoes to boiling pasta water for last two minutes of cooking time; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine evaporated milk, cheese, basil, garlic powder and pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Add pasta and sun-dried tomatoes to cheese sauce; stir until combined.

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