Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Olives Print Recipe Print Recipe


More pasta, bear with me [& my pregnancy eating habits].

However, it might not be the pasta overload that is worrisome, but the fact that wearing knee high, orange toed compression socks with a cotton skirt while I cry watching the olympics. I also find I hold my breath when I watch the swimming.

Let’s just say it, pregnancy is not always a good look for me. Good news, today it’s exactly 3 months to my due date. I’m ready, for the most part.

Clearly I’m putting all the effort into making my food look and taste good.



If you’re wondering why I’m wearing compression socks, it’s because my feet swelled so badly from traveling, I could hardly walk. I’m not exaggerating when I say they were literally 5x the size of my normal feet. I cried, it was not pretty.

I’ve been traveling since last Wednesday and although the actual travel part was not something I’d like to repeat, the trip itself was filled with so much love and beauty, it far surpasses all the travel lows. I’ll share my experience soon, just slowly working my way back into reality.



Now, back to the food.

This is one of those dishes that you serve your guests and never have to mention it’s gluten-free. It’s so full of flavor, no one would know anything was missing.

There are so many beautiful flavors here that all compliment one another nicely. The sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes and the punch of flavor from the cheese makes for a bold dish and again,  you’d never know was gluten-free. Just how I like it.

If you’re interested in dehydrating tomatoes, check out this post from my friend Bev. She’s pretty wonderful, I know.

Also, mixing the goat cheese with pasta water makes for a nice “cream” sauce without using a heavy cream. A nice little trick I learned.


Gluten-free Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Olives

[Recipe adapted from Gourmet]

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  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, if packed in oil – drain & chopped
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 cup Kalamata, sliced & pitted
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 ounces pasta shells – I used these corn & vegetable shells
  • 1/2 ounce [1/2 cup] goat cheese, crumbled – plus additional for sprinkling over the pasta


In a skillet over medium/low heat, cook garlic, onion, and salt + pepper. Stir until the onion is soft. Add tomatoes, chicken broth and simmer until the liquid is reduced. Stir in olives, parsley, and more salt + pepper to taste. Reduce heat and keep the mixture warm.

In a small pot, bring water to a boil, add salt and pasta shells. Cook until al dente, drain, reserving 1/3 cup of the cooking water. Add pasta shells to skillet and lightly toss.

In a small bowl, whisk 1/2 ounce of goat cheese with reserved cooking water until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add cheese “sauce” to the skillet with pasta and toss to mix all the ingredients together.

Transfer pasta to a serving dish and sprinkle with the additional goat cheese.

Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serves 2, maybe 3


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  • Jenny

    this looks so delicious! 

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This pasta looks absolutely fabulous! So fresh!

  • Ginny

    That looks easy and delicious!

  • ashley

    This looks outstanding!  And I am very impressed all of the noodles are in tact, haha.  Ohhh GF pasta… 😉

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Mmmm…I love all of these fresh ingredients (and GF!).  Looks wonderful!

  • Anonymous

    This pasta looks amazing!  I hope you are propping up your legs and relaxing a bit.  I haven’t started to swell yet I’m only 22 weeks but I am sure its going to come soon.

  • Heather @ Heather’s Dish

    salty delicious pasta – now that’s my kind of meal!  

  • Katie Unger

    This is pretty much a combination of all my favorite things on earth. That goat cheese in there…droool face. 

    Sorry about the feet, though…that sounds MISERABLE.  

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    You can pasta my face aaaaaany ole day, lover. 

  • Kasey

    I can’t believe your due date is so close! You must be soo excited. Your kiddo is going to be so cute! Your trip sounded amazing! I am very impressed by all of your pregnancy traveling, though. You’re  rockstar, girl!

  • Anonymous

    Haha! sometimes I feel like it’s FOREVER, but August is so busy, I think it will start to fly by. I’m so excited, which is probably why I feel like time is crawling 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I only swelled so bad because I was traveling from one coast to the other. If you do swell, I’ve learned to get your feet above your heart, have someone massage them to try & drain the fluid and then wear compression socks to help keep blood flowing & to keep the swelling down. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    the key is al dente 😉

  • Michaeldlewicki

    Seriously yummy stuff. I need more of this in my life. And stellar pictures, has me wanting to dig right in. Like now.

  • Paula-bell’alimento

    You had me at pasta ; ) SO glad I got to finally hug your neck last weekend! You are stinkin adorable! xoxo

  • Sommer Collier

    Lisa, this looks AMAZING! Such a fresh and comforting dish. 

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Ahhhhh…the joys of bringing little people into the world. Hang in there, it’s worth the lovely attire your donning right now! 🙂 This pasta is something I know my family would love, thanks!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I’m seriously all over this bowl of pasta.  Some people have a thing against sun dried tomatoes… I don’t get their problem. 😉  Oh and I adore olives, so this is my kind of summer dinner!

  • kcurnes

    Yum, I love this kind of food. Even when I’m not pregnant!

  • Amanda Formaro

    This sounds wonderful! I adore sun dried tomatoes in my pasta! 🙂 

  • Maria

    Perfect pasta!

  • Carolyn

    Lovely!  ANd I am all about the gluten free!

  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Um, I totally hold my breath while watching swimming! What is up with that? 

  • Jeanette Chen

    This is my kind of recipe – love the flavor combination…and I have to look for those pasta shells. I know my son who’s gluten-free would love them.

  • Marla

    This pasta looks great! I love sun dried tomatoes.

  • Alison Lewis

    fabulous girl! I shared this today on my site of my favorite new gluten free recipes

  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    This looks like the perfect summer meal!

  • Russell at Chasing Delicious

    Oooh. Yum! All of my favorite flavors wrapped up in a scrumptious pasta. 

  • susan

    I love this flavor combo. I could probably eat the whole bowl – all on my own!

  • CJ

    This looks delicious, but can you substitute the goat cheese with something else?

  • Alexis

    could you use spaghetti squash in this recipe?

  • WithStyleGrace

    haven’t tried it myself, but I’d say go for it!