Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Having established here that pasta is the ultimate comfort food on earth and also for possible life in outer space let me add another gorgeous recipe before moving on. Enjoy!!


Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
(adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

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Yield: 4 servings


12 ounces penne pasta
1 (8.5-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
2 garlic gloves
1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


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

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11 Responses to Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

  1. Looks AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try it

  2. myFudo says:

    Wow,amazing.A very good recipe and sure have to try it soon!

  3. What an adorable site name, gosh pasta is so hard to photograph, but you did such a beautiful job, just splendid, really! I love penne because the ridges allow the sauce to stick.

  4. Gorgeous recipe, about to go back to university so simple fresh pasta dishes like this are just priceless! Gorgeous :)

  5. Anna says:

    I am nodding my head as I read your blog and as I look at the pictures…
    Pasta and penne at that is always a comfort food! Great minds think alike!!! ;) Great post!

  6. Jo says:

    This looks delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at

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