In case you haven’t heard the gloomy news yet, today has officially been dubbed “Blue Monday.” The “holiday” (if you can call it that) marks this hazy time of year when the holiday season is behind us and we’re often left with empty wallets and bigger bellies (even though our goal was to keep it the other way around). It’s normal to feel a little off this time of year, and if you ask us, there’s one thing that cures the blues quicker than any other antidote—sweet, glorious pasta. We’re all about low-carb experimentation and yes, we know, pasta isn’t the best thing for our bodies. But sometimes you gotta live a little and let yourself have the good stuff, and there’s no better time to do it than the gloomiest day of the year. And so, we present to you our favorite Blue Monday pasta dish: Bow Ties with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil. It’s easy, pretty, and delicious.
1 box uncooked Bow Tie pasta
1 jar sun-dried tomatoes
½ cup parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. Olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 bunch fresh basil (chopped)
Boil salted water. After water comes to a boil, add pasta. Cook according to instructions on box.
After pasta is cooked and drained, set aside.
In a separate pan, heat olive oil and garlic on medium heat. Stir frequently until garlic is fragrant and slightly browned.
Add sun-dried tomatoes to mixture and stir well. (If sundried tomatoes come in oil, be sure to strain before adding them to your dish).
Next, add the cooked pasta to the stovetop. Mix well.
Fold in parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Continue stirring for a few minutes. Add additional olive oil if the mixture is too dry.
Once the pasta is thoroughly mixed with the sundried tomatoes and oil, add fresh chopped basil. Stir well and top with additional parmesan cheese as desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.