Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

I love any kind of pasta-- especially anything from Giada. Start to finish, this really tasty, flavorful pasta dish comes together in 20 minutes--( but tastes like it took a whole lot longer!)

Cook 1 lb of pasta in boiling, salted water, for approximately 12 minutes, or until tender.

While the pasta is cooking, make the pesto. You will need:

1 270ml jar (9 oz) of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil--do not drain
2 garlic cloves
1 C packed, fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper

Put the above ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Scrape the pesto into a bowl and stir in:
1/2 C freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain, reserving 1 C of the cooking water.

Add the pasta to the pesto, tossing to coat, adding enough of the cooking water to moisten. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bon Appetit!


  1. And DO NOT forget to keep 1 cup of that water aside, huh Jodie...?! :-) Sorry about that. I will be a better assistant next time.
    But this recipe is very yummy, thanks for making it. It was DELISH!!

  2. No, I'm sorry! -- You were great. My nerves got the best of me, but I am glad it went well ( :

  3. I made this over the weekend with a few tweaks and substitutions to accomodate what I had. So good! It'll become a regular at our house. Thanks for sharing.