Ever since I made homemade sun dried tomato pesto for my BLT recipe redo, I have been craving it like you wouldn’t believe. Not only is the pesto easy to make but it is super tasty and hearty. Matt loves to eat pasta and would eat it as often as I cook it, but I’m not a huge pasta fan myself. However, since he’s been traveling all week I wanted to throw something together for a quick, healthy lunch. I have recently reorganized my pantry and have found that we somehow acquire an overabundance of half filled pasta boxes. In order to free up so much needed space, I have started to cut the name of the pasta and cooking time off the box and store them in individual plastic bags. It has freed up a lot of space and I can’t believe that I didn’t think of it sooner!
I hope you enjoy the pesto as much as I do! I’m sure I will be coming up with more recipes in the near future to feature my new favorite ingredient!
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Dried basil
- Fresh Garlic
- Parmesan cheese
- Salt & pepper
- Your favorite pasta–I used Cellentani
Necessary equipment: food processor
- Add water to a large pot–SALT the water!–and place pot on the stove (Seriously, like Anne Burnell says, the pasta water should “taste like the sea” it’s so salty. This is your only chance to season the pasta).
- While you are waiting for your pasta water to boil, prepare the sun dried tomato pesto
- Add a large handful of sun dried tomatoes to the food processor–I used about a 1/2 cup which was plenty for a 1/2 lb of pasta–add more tomatoes if you are cooking a larger amount of pasta
- Add 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, salt and pepper, and a little less than 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (add more if you a cooking a larger amount of pasta)
- Stream in olive oil while pulsing the food processor
- Scrape down sides–taste the pesto and adjust seasoning accordingly
- Pulse to desired consistency
- Cook pasta according to directions
- When pasta is finished cooking, reserve about a cup of the starchy cooking liquid
- Drain pasta and return to pan
- Add tomato pesto to pasta and enough starchy cooking water to loosen the pesto mixture up to help create a sauce
- Add a pinch of dried basil to your pasta mixture
- Top pasta with parmesan cheese and serve
This is a great dish to entertain with in the summer! It’s very fresh and flavorful! I hope you enjoy it.