I love pasta. It was over bowls of pasta at a favorite Italian restaurant that Patrick told his parents we were getting married.
Patrick and I hadn’t been dating long, but we both knew we were meant for each other. I had been told that when you meet the right person, you just “know.” Many suitors before Patrick I asked myself,”do I know???” And then Patrick came along, and I just knew. We both knew we wanted to spend forever together before we even held hands. (You can read more about our Love Story here.)
Since we hadn’t been dating long, I hadn’t had the chance to meet his parents until all four of us were clustered around bowls of fettuccine, spaghetti bolognese, lasagna and pesto ravioli. As we were chatting, Patrick, asked his dad, “Can you pass the salt?” then under his breath with a muffled cough announced “and we’re getting married.” (He thought it would be funny to tell them this way). Both parents’ eyes grew wide as Patrick affirmed we were engaged followed by a flood of their happy tears.
Over 8 years and many bowls of pasta later, we are still meant for each other – we are better together. Kind of like fettuccine and Alfredo, spaghetti and bolognese, and this Creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta, Parmesan Chicken and YOU! A cheesy tie in? Yes, literally. Thank you Parmesan.
This Creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta reminds me of the tastes of Italy we giddily celebrated over that night. Its dimensions of flavor will transport your whole household to the finest Italian restaurant (at a fraction of the cost I might add). This pasta boasts layered flavors of sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil, fresh parsley, garlic, shallots and spices with the crunch of sauteed bell peppers and squash, fire roasted tomatoes and smooth al dente pasta all bathed in a luscious creamy sauce. Now the ingredient list is long for this sauce, but I promise it comes together very quickly and is so worth it. Most of the ingredients are added to the food processor and processed a couple times-seriously takes less than a couple minutes. Please don’t shy away from this awesomeness.
The sundried tomato pesto is then sauteed until soft and fragrant, then the vegetables are added to saute as they soak up all the pesto goodness.
You can either consume this pasta as is (and you won’t be able to resist eating at least some of the pasta as it is), or you can add sauteed chicken or go to extra lengths of deliciousness and add chicken coated in spiced floured, browned and finished in the oven, broiled until crispy then piled high with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Basically amazing.
And you will be deliciously inseparable forever after.
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(the first pasta I ever posted and still one of my favs!)