Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis

Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis was a bargain for me – only $7 at my local used book store (My Favorite Books)

This is a great collection of pasta recipes and also includes salad, appetizer and dessert recipes. We don’t have television feed but I have read that many of these recipes are featured on the Food Network channel. This book highlights many beautiful photos and just about all recipes are easy to prepare. Anything that helps me get dinner on the table in under a half hour is a winner for me! Some of the baked pasta dishes will take more planning, time-wise, but I sure look forward to trying them.

The first recipe I tried was Angel Hair Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese.

Here is the recipe from the book as linked up with Food Network:

1 (10-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped (oil reserved)
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup tomato paste
2/3 cup dry white wine
8 ounces angel hair pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the wine and sun-dried tomatoes and simmer until the liquid reduces by half, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the tomato mixture and toss to coat, adding some reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the goat cheese and parsley and stir. Mound the pasta into bowls and serve.

Sharing this with Beth Fish Readsfor her Weekend Cooking series. This a chance to share the food love.


11 thoughts on “Everyday Pasta by Giada De Laurentiis

  1. That looks like a good bowl of comfort food to me! Love the twist of using sun-dried tomatoes in a pasta dish, especially now that are local fresh tomatoes are done for the year.


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