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)
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
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.