30 January 2012

Fried Pasta

I'm sure I'm not the only one around who occasionally has extra pasta stored in their fridge.  Of course I could always dump spaghetti sauce over the top and heat it up, but once in a while, I want something different.  Like fried pasta.

Despite being called fried, there's really nothing unhealthy about it since it's skillet cooked in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  It makes a quick, tasty side dish and will rid your fridge of extra noodles.


About 3 cups cooked pasta (Rotini works well but anything will do)
2 cloves garlic, minced/About 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic
About 3 sun dried tomatoes, preferably in olive oil
1 Tablespoon dried basil
2 Tablespoons olive oil (if your sun dried tomatoes aren't stored in oil)
1/2 to 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Cook garlic in a skillet until almost brown.  Chop sun dried tomatoes and add to the garlic with oil and basil.  Add pasta and toss until generously coated with oil (you may need to drizzle on more oil if there is not enough to add from your sun dried tomatoes).
Once pasta is browned, mix in Mozzarella cheese and stir until melted.  Serve hot.


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