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I made this to use up a lot of items in my kitchen, now that we’re moving in a few days, but it turned out really good! My biggest substitution was using sun dried tomatoes from a pouch that I rehydrated in water in the microwave for 2 minutes. They were just fine for the dressing, but a little mushy for the actual salad. This was really good warm, but better at room temp. I wouldn’t want to refrigerate the tomatoes, so I only put in as many tomatoes as we would eat today. Then tomorrow, I’ll add more!

Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Salad (Ina)


1/2 pound fusilli (spirals) pasta
Kosher salt
1 pound ripe tomatoes, medium-diced (I used 2 for today, and I’ll add more tomorrow)
3/4 cup good black olives, such as kalamata, pitted and diced (Left out)
1 pound fresh mozzarella, medium-diced (Left out, but would definitely add next time)
6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped
For the dressing:
5 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
6 tablespoons good olive oil
1 garlic clove, diced
1 teaspoon capers, drained (Left out because I didn’t have, I will add them next time)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (I didn’t use that much)
1 cup packed basil leaves, julienned


  1. 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.
  2. Place the pasta in a bowl and add the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, and chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. For the dressing, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, capers, salt, and pepper in a food processor until almost smooth.
  4. Pour the dressing over the pasta, sprinkle with the Parmesan and basil, and toss well.

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