Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula (2-3 servings)

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Double post today! I'm trying to make up for my lack of updates lately, I suppose. I'm looking forward to the stage in my life where I'm settled into a job and have more time to myself; this whole "new school every year of my career thus far" thing doesn't leave me with much free time. Anyway, I made this Epicurious recipe a few weeks ago, and because of a temporary lapse in food knowledge, I messed it up. (Cabernet Sauvignon is NOT white wine, Kate. Even though you had a fever of 101 in the grocery store that day, you still should know that.) I'm posting it because it wasn't a total failure, even with my mistake. The Cabernet made it fairly fruity, but I'd like to try it again with the correct wine, because I think it has the potential to be quite delicious. It's also an interesting way to use up leftover salad arugula! You could even substitute spinach for the arugula if you prefer.

You will need:

  • 6 oz dry pasta (I used penne)
  • 7.5-oz jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped with 1 Tbsp oil reserved (I used a pair of kitchen shears to snip them into smallish pieces)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups baby arugula and/or spinach
  • grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Steps:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; when al dente, drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking water. Keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, heat reserved oil from the tomatoes in a large rimmed skillet over medium-high. Add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds, or just until fragrant. Add the chopped tomatoes and wine to the skillet. Simmer until wine reduces slightly (about 3 min).
  3. Add arugula/spinach and toss until wilted (about 1 min). Add the pasta to the skillet, along with 4 Tbsp Parmesan. Toss well. If needed, moisten the pasta with some of the cooking water. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with more Parmesan on the side.

It certainly was an easy recipe to make! I liked the richness the oil added to the dish, and as I said, I think the dish would have been ten times better if I'd followed the recipe. The red wine was just a little distracting. I'll definitely try it again sometime!