The Barefoot Contessa’s Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes
July 14, 2023
In Ina Garten's Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, tangy red wine vinegar and kalamata olives, and fresh basil come together in an easy and unique version of “pasta salad.”
From Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes that Make Everyone Feel Like Family, this pasta, according to Ina Garden, was “one of the most popular summer salads at Barefoot Contessa,” her specialty food store in East Hampton, NY.
½ pound conchiglie, orecchiette, or fusilli
1 pound ripe tomatoes, medium diced
¾ cup good black olives, such as kalamata, pitted and diced
1 pound fresh mozzarella, medium diced
6 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
For the dressing:
5 sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 teaspoon capers, drained
2 teaspoons kosher salt
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 cup packed basil leaves, julienned
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water with a splash of oil to keep it from sticking together. Boil for 12 minutes, or according to the directions on the package. Drain well and allow to cool slightly. Place the pasta in a bowl and add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and chopped sundried tomatoes.
For the dressing, combine the sundried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt, and pepper in a food processor until almost smooth.
Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and basil, and toss well.