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Spicy Spaghetti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Award Winning Recipe Revisited

by Spicie Foodie on March 5, 2012

It’s Monday. L-a-z-y Monday. The work week has begun an many of us are still busy with thoughts of the passing weekend. How was yours?

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One of the thoughts running through my head from the weekend is this pasta. This spaghetti embodies everything I like about a great weekend. It is simple, not over complicated with too many activities or ingredients. Simple, but not boring at all. There is depth of flavors much like the depth of a good conversation had catching up with your loved ones. It is colorful, vibrant and catches your attention, just like taking a long walk on a sunny weekend afternoon and noticing nature creeping back from its wintery slumber. It has a little spiciness to it, well because I like to keep things spicy. It is comforting, filling, and makes your soul happy, the same rewards one receives when spending quality time with their soul mate and/or family.

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This Spicy Spaghetti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe is perfect for those lazy Mondays. As the title states, I am revisiting one of my previously published recipes. The original recipe was published in October 2011, Linguine with Sun-dried Tomatoes. It is one of our favorite pasta recipes, one we rotate often. This weekend in lieu of sun-dried tomatoes from a jar I used dried from a pouch, and instead of linguine I used spaghetti. To give the pasta a little extra kick I’ve added chili flakes and rather than fresh basil I added some green olives. Below is how you make it, the original recipe can be seen here, Linguine with Sun-dried Tomatoes.

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Spicy Spaghetti with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, serves 4
1 pack spaghetti, for vegan option make sure it is egg free pasta
1 small pack (about 100 g or 3.5 oz) sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
green olive, to taste
1 tbsp red chili flakes, adjust to taste
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, may need extra

salt, to taste but be aware that the olives will also add saltiness
ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Boil, cook, the spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain, toss the cooked pasta with a little bit of olive oil and a pinch of salt, coating through. Set aside. Once the pasta has cooked, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium low heat. Once warm saute the sun-dried tomatoes slices for 5 minutes, add chili flakes, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Turn the heat down to low and add the garlic, saute for another 5 minute stirring often to prevent garlic from burning. Turn heat off. Next add the pan ingredients and olives to the pasta, gently toss to well distribute. If need be add a little more olive oil to the pasta.
Serve pasta with grated parmesan cheese, bread (baguette would be perfect) and some red wine and or sparkling water.

You are probably wondering why this recipe says award winning. I won a recipe competition late last year, November. My recipe was one of the 10 winners chosen from among 36 entries. Why I think people liked the recipe is because it is hassle free yet flavor packed. Enjoy and I hope you all have a great week ahead!

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{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa March 5, 2012 at 8:05 AM

A fabulous spaghetti dish! Sun dried tomatoes are so flavorful and delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Hi Rosa,

Thanks and I couldn’t agree more. I could eat them out of the bag all day long.

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3 Liz March 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Breathtakingly beautiful photos, Nancy! And I love a pasta dish packed with wonderful flavors…and this is a winner~

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4 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Hi Liz,

Thank you :)

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5 Emily @ Life on Food March 5, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Lovely! I just started using dried chili peppers and have enjoyed working with them so much. Next up is sun dried tomatoes. Definitely saving this recipe to try them out.

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6 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hi Emily,

Thank you! I’m sure you’ll love the pasta.

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7 Natalie March 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I love the pictures! Your composition is to perfection. The pasta looks delicious as well! Have a wonderful lazy Mondy.
Natie

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8 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hi Natalie,

Thank you! You too have a great Monday!

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9 Tiffany March 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hola! This pasta looks great… I heart spicy! :D And I had a lovely weekend… chilly, but sunny! Happy Monday chica! :D

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10 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Hola Tiffany,

Thank you! Glad to hear you had a lovely weekend. Feliz Lunes :)

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11 Michelle March 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Sun dried tomatoes are my absolute favorite. They brighten up any dish!

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12 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:08 PM

They really do. Thanks Michelle!

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13 Rochelle (@AcquiredLife) March 5, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Gorgeous and tasty! I love pasta, but I don’t get to do it spicy very often. Now I have a major craving for sun dried tomatoes and dried chilies :D

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14 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Hi Rochelle,

Thank you! I am always looking for ways of incorporating spiciness to my pasta dishes, hehe.

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15 Edible Potential March 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Love, LOVE the sundried tomato addition!
Admire your photography style too :)

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16 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Thank you :)!

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17 Suzi March 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

What a beautiful post, your photos are fantastic. I adore spicy and this looks perfect.

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18 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Hi Suzi,

Thank you!

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19 Lilly March 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I can see why your recipe was picked among others. It looks amazing!

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20 Spicie Foodie March 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Thank you Lilly!

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21 Flavors of the Sun March 5, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. And the food looks delicious–truly delicious.

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22 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Hi Victoria,

Thank you :)

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23 Kiri W. March 5, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Oh wow, this sounds fantastic! No surprise it’s a favorite, this goes onto my to make list immediately!

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24 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Hi Kiri,

Thank you! You should give it a try soon.

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25 Kankana March 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

love the way you played with the light and gave that dark tone:) So Dramatic!!

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26 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Thank you Kankana!

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27 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 5, 2012 at 8:41 PM

I have special feelings toward sun dried tomatoes. I never had it until 20 years old (we don’t have it in Japan, unless we go to fancy supermarket), then my American host family (who barely knows how to cook) made sun dried tomato & chicken spaghetti very often. It was actually very delicious, and my love for sun dried tomatoes started! I had never added green olives but they look pretty in the pasta. I have to reduce to like 1 tsp. of chilis for my tolerance level of spice, but I know I’ll love this!! Thank you so much for linking to my Tomato Bacon Pasta Nancy!

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28 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Hi Nami,

I didn’t have sun-dried tomatoes until I came to Europe. The funny thing is that the pasta you describe is how I first tasted them. Yes, feel free to adjust the chili so you can really enjoy it. I loved your recipe :)

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29 patty March 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Congratulations on your recipe, it is a definite keeper with such lovely photos;-)

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30 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Thank you Patty!

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31 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) March 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Nancy, your images are absolutely gorgeous! Again, I love the mood. I’m so into darker images lately.

I love to use all the ingredients you included here in my pastas, too. They all impart so much flavor for little to no effort–like you said, perfect for lazy Mondays! :)

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32 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Hi Jean,

Thank you :) Glad to hear you also like these ingredients.

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33 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 5, 2012 at 11:16 PM

This is super simple, but such great flavors! No wonder you were a winner – Congrats!!

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34 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Hi Erin,

Simple yet flavorful are a great combo in my book :) Thank you!

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35 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. March 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I love that you kicked this up with some spice and I really love the sun-dried tomatoes!

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36 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hi Stephanie,

Thanks and me too ;)

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37 Sandra's Easy Cooking March 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Just beautiful! I love this combination that you put so well together! Mouthwatering and award winning photographs..Love them Nancy!

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38 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Thank you Sandra!

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39 Nicholas Sloanhoffer March 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I can see why you won a recipe competition for this recipe. It seems like a simple but delicious dish. Thanks for sharing.

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40 Spicie Foodie March 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Thank you Nicholas!

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41 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 6, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Absolutely gorgeous post in every way – love the dish, love the flavors, love the presentation and most of all, love how you played with the light and shadows to create these gorgeous pictures! Great post :)

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42 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Hi Marsha,

Thank you!

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43 anna March 7, 2012 at 1:07 AM

mmm this looks really yummy! simple too, i like that :)

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44 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Hi Anna,

Yes, simple and yummy. It takes literally no more than 20 minutes to prepare, can’t get better than that.

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45 cookingrookie March 7, 2012 at 5:41 AM

Wow, Nancy, yet another masterpiece! I saw this photo on Foodbuzz top 9, and thought that it must be yours, he-he – you have such a unique and amazing style :-). I kept staring at the light on the garlic for 5 minutes before I could bring myself to read the recipe ;-). Bravo, maestro!

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46 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM

I am so humbled by your compliments. I’m also blushing right now, Thank you :)

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47 alan March 7, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Looks great I am used to eating sun dried tomatoes with olive oil as a side never thought about using it in sphagetti what a great idea.

best regards alan

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48 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Hi Alan,

That sounds great too! You should try the pasta, they are great. Thanks!

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49 Corina March 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I love spicy tomato sauces with pasta too but don’t often use sun-dried tomatoes. Would love to try this.

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50 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hi Corina,

Regular tomatoes would also taste great!

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51 Beth March 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Um wow! Thank you Food Buzz Top 9 for bringing me to your blog! I LOVE spicy food, and your recipe sounds amazing. Gorgeous pics. WOW!

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52 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Hi Beth,

Thank you and welcome to my blog!

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53 Kimberly March 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

That looks and sounds delicious! And congrats on making the Foodbuzz Top 9 today!

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54 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Thank you Kimberly!

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55 Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box March 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I adore pasta with sun-dried tomatoes. We haven’t had it in ages in our house – definitely going to give your recipe a try!

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56 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Good, I hope you’ll try it soon ;)

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57 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes March 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Stunning, STUNNING photography as always, Nancy! And such a lovely recipe. Cheers!

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58 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Hi Meagan,

Thank you :)

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59 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} March 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

i’m always amazed by your creativity and food styling. I have a (very) hard time creating photos in the dark background :(
This pasta would make a perfect weeknight dinner

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60 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Hi Roxana,

It took me a while and lots of practice using dark backgrounds. You’ll get there :) Thank you.

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61 sara March 7, 2012 at 6:47 PM

This spaghetti looks fantastic! What a great dinner, yum! :) Gorgeous!

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62 Spicie Foodie March 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Thank you Sara!

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63 Magic of Spice March 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

I am loving the seasonal changes here…gorgeous recipe, simple but packed with delightful flavors!

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64 Spicie Foodie March 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Thanks Alisha!

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65 Trix March 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Pasta is such an indulgence for me – I love it!!! This looks like the perfect weekend meal. And belated congrats on a well-deserved top 9!

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66 Spicie Foodie March 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Me too, I love my carbs. Thanks sweetie!

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67 Bree March 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Yum! This looks great :)

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68 Spicie Foodie March 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Thank you!

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69 Jenny (vintagesugarcube) January 3, 2013 at 12:17 AM

That’s one stunner of a bowl of pasta. I get weak in the knees for olives. I’ve had pasta with olives and pasta with sundried tomatoes and not sure why I’ve never thought of combining the 2!
I’m making that tonight.

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70 Spicie Foodie January 3, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Hi Jenny,
Me too -I can’t ever get enough olives. Enjoy the pasta! :)

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