Ellie’s Summertime Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta

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Ellie’s pasta recipe is simple, quick and extremely scrumptious! When we tested it we were so surprised it took less than 20 minutes to prepare!

The salty sweetness of the sun-dried tomatoes, pungent fresh garlic and licorice-like, crisp basil provided a combo of flavors that even the kids loved! What an easy, delicious summertime pasta recipe! 20 minutes? Really? Yes!!!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts aka pignoli
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated ParmesanIMG_2660.jpg

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8-10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, blend sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, salt and pepper; to taste, pine nuts and basil in a food processor or blender and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped.
  3. Transfer tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in Parmesan.
  4. Add pasta to pesto in bowl and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten.
  5. Season  with additional salt & pepper, to taste and sprinkle with extra Parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Serves 2-4

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Loving your photography in the post…so beautiful!

    1. Thanks, hon! The flavors are just as lovely 🙂

  2. Yvette says:

    Looks delish!

    1. Thanks so much, Yvette!

  3. Yowza, that looks so good! Full of flavor, I am sure Lana.

    1. Thanks, Kathryn! I can leave comments today! lol! I think the problem may be me & not my reader! I love this pasta because it’s so quick & flavorful! xoxo

  4. DD says:

    YUMMY!!

    1. Thanks so much!!

  5. I’m definitely doing this for my next pasta night. Looks amazing 🙂

    1. Wonderful! You won’t be disappointed! Thanks so much for commenting!

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