I’m so happy to have Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny guest posting for me today. Not only is Kelly the sweetest girl on the planet, but she also has a wonderful blog with great photography and healthy, easy to make recipes! If you haven’t seen her blog, go check it out ASAP! With that, I’ll turn it over to Kelly! She cooked up something that looks so delicious, and perfect for these hot summer days! Show her some love!

Hi friends!  I’m Kelly from Eat Yourself Skinny and I’m SO excited to be guest posting for Rachel’s fabulous blog!  Thank you so much for having me!  I was lucky enough to have her guest post for me recently and she made some delicious Blueberry-Strawberry Muffins that were such a huge hit…mmm! Not only are Rachel’s recipes amazing and so delicious, her blog Not Rachael Ray is crazy fun to read and definitely one of my favorites :) (See what I mean when I said she is the sweetest person on the planet?!? –From Rachel)

The dish I chose to share with you is one I’ve wanted to make for a while now and I found this recipe while watching the gorgeous Giada De Laurentiis on Food Network.  I mean, you can’t go wrong with one of HER recipes right??  This linguine has so many amazing flavors and the use of lemon was incredible!  I loved this pasta dish because there is absolutely no heavy cream or butter and everything tastes amazingly fresh.  Oh and did I mention this was super easy to whip up and took me no longer than 10 minutes??

Yep it’s pretty awesome.

Best part about this dish is that it yields SO many leftovers and we found that it actually tastes just as great cold!  Reminded me of a cold pasta salad that you would find at a cookout or picnic and this is something I would definitely share with my friends.  Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!  Thanks again Rachel for inviting me to guest post on your wonderful blog!

Linguine with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Lemon
Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

Here are your ingredients:

1 pound linguine pasta
1 cup (6 oz) chopped or julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1 cup (4 oz) medium green olives, pitted
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground back pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the pasta and cook until tender, but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta
water.  Place the pasta in a large serving bowl.

In a food processor, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, basil, garlic, oil, lemon zest, and lemon juice and reserved pasta water. Pulse until blended but still chunky.

Add the parmesan cheese to the pasta and toss well. Pour the tomato mixture on top and toss until the pasta is coated.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!