Asparagus & sun dried tomato pasta salad

This is my effort for No Croutons Required, a monthly blogging challenge hosted by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes.   This is the first time I’ve taken part in this particular blogging challenge, hopefully it won’t be the last!

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This month’s challenge was to use jarred anti pasto in a soup or salad. More often than not I usually  have a jar of sun dried tomatoes on hand so I didn’t have to buy any special ingredients to make this recipe.  I use the word “recipe” loosely, this is one of those dishes that could be adapted in so many ways depending on what you wish to use!

Asparagus & Sun dried tomato pasta salad – serves one  hungry person for lunch/dinner! 

A couple of handfuls of dried pasta (penne or fuslii would work well here)

1 bunch asparagus

A drizzle of garlic oil

2 tablespoons red pesto

1 jar sun dried tomatoes, drained of their oil

Small bunch fresh basil, chopped

Boil the pasta and drain.  Saute the asparagus in the garlic oil until tender.  Add the asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and basil to the drained pasta. This would be really nice as a side dish with chicken or salmon, but to be honest it’s nice just as it is.   Do check out the other entries for No Croutons required here

Happy Friday everyone! See you tomorrow for some long overdue blog awards 🙂

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