Shrimp and Vegetable Linguine with sun-dried tomatoes

DSC_0812 Oh boy, its summer vacation! Can’t believe how an entire school year is gone. Whoosh. Just like that. Unbelievable. And with the relief also comes a slight panic attack. How am I going to keep them entertained and busy for the next two months? I guess we will figure something out. Maybe I can get them to do some of the household chores everyday 🙂 Keeping them busy is one thing and the other thing is to feed them. For some reason being at home seems to make them extra hungry. Well I am definitely going to rely on pasta – cartloads of it!…to come to my rescue! Pasta with meatballs usually does the trick and they are quiet for a few hours! I usually get different kinds of pasta to vary things up a little bit. Throw in a different mix of vegetables each time. I sometimes add chicken or shrimp to make it a complete meal and they just love it.  This time I added a new ingredient that took the pasta to a whole new level! Sun-dried tomatoes! Yup. They imparted the pasta this unbeatable smoky and tangy flavor. With the added shrimp and a white wine reduced marinara sauce, this was one wholesome pasta dish that all of us thoroughly enjoyed.! Sun-dried tomatoes are ripe tomatoes that lose most of their water content after spending a majority of their drying time in the sun. The tomatoes are high in lycopeneantioxidants, and vitamin C but usually contain a good amount of salt and so when using them in a recipe, make sure you cut down on the salt. The drying concentrates the flavor and hence sun-dried tomatoes are incredibly tangy and flavorful! I came across this great post which shows how to make sun-dried tomatoes at home using your oven. I cant wait to try that this summer using tomatoes from my garden! I am bringing this wholesome pasta dish to Fiesta Friday this week. IMG_2851IMG_2852IMG_2854IMG_2855IMG_2856IMG_2857DSC_0812DSC_0810

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  1. YES! YES! YES! Oh how I heart this dish (Makes me jealous too – Its FREEZING here in Australia at the moment) Simple summery ingredients, will have to turn the heater right up and pretend. Stunning my friend, cant wait for this to be in my belly. 🙂

  2. Very nice dish, were your sundried tomatoes dry or did they come with liquid in them. I had bought some dried ones (no liquid) a few weeks back – I forgot all about it, but will now have to use it since you’ve given me some inspiration :). Good luck with the kiddos and summer! 🙂

    • Hi loretta My sundried tomatoes were in dried form. Good point I should mention that in my recipe. And yes do try them this way – a few go a long way to impart some great flavor. thanks and you have a wonderful summer too! 🙂

  3. Lucky!! We still have one more week! Too many snow days to make up, drat! This looks good, Indu! We love pasta. Clams would be good in here, too, or shrimp and clams both since I’m greedy 😀 😀

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