Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
Picture this: a plate of warm, inviting Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta, its aroma wafting through the air, promising a burst of flavor in every bite. This recipe is a symphony of vibrant sun-dried tomatoes, aromatic basil, rich Parmesan, and wholesome pasta. It’s a celebration of both simplicity and depth, a dish that transports you to sun-drenched Italian gardens with each forkful.
Imagine starting with al dente pasta, cooked to perfection. The sun-dried tomatoes, intensified by their drying process, bring a tangy sweetness that plays harmoniously with the earthy richness of the pesto sauce. The pesto, a blend of fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil, unites the flavors into a luxurious and creamy coating that clings lovingly to every strand of pasta. Sprinkled on top is grated Parmesan, adding a salty umami that crowns the dish like a jewel.
- 2 cups of sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 cups of fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 cup of pine nuts
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 12 oz of your favorite pasta
- Boil water in a large pot. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine the sun-dried tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, garlic, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Pulse until finely chopped.
- With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the pesto is smooth and well blended. Season with salt and pepper.
- Toss the cooked pasta with the sun-dried tomato pesto, ensuring each strand is coated.
- Serve the pasta in individual dishes and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
A delightful harmony of sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and Parmesan cheese, this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta is a culinary masterpiece that brings the flavors of Italy to your plate.
Nutrition information: Calories: 420 | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 280mg | Fiber: 5g
Picture yourself savoring each mouthful, the pasta capturing the essence of the Mediterranean sun. As you take that first bite, the symphony of flavors unfolds, and you’re transported to a trattoria nestled in an Italian village. This Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta isn’t just a dish; it’s a journey, a celebration of good food, good company, and the simple pleasures of life.