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Dollar store deluxe pasta

Dollar store deluxe pasta

1 lb. penne pasta

2/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes (the kind that come packed in water or oil), chopped

2 whole roasted red bell peppers (from a 12 oz. jar), cut into strips

1/3 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced

1/4 cup chopped roasted almonds or other nuts

3 tablespoons olive oil or olive-vegetable oil blend

Minced garlic (from jar) and Italian seasoning to taste

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper, to tasteMakes 6 to 8 servings.

Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Toss pasta with remaining ingredients and serve. A restaurant might add some freshly grated Parmesan to this dish. But with the strong flavors provided by the sun-dried tomatoes, olives and other ingredients, tasters didn’t really miss it. As it is, the cost of the recipe is about $2.50.

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