Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 (8.5-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Directions

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.

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.

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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Pinot Grigio

Citrusy, light white wine

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    This recipe is amazing just for the sundried tomato pesto alone. I loved it. I used goat feta instead of parmesan cheese, brown rice pasta cut with roasted cauliflower to lighten things up. VERY filling, and VERY satisfying! I will make this delicious and super easy pesto time and time again. Thank you Giada!
    Very good. Added some pine nuts to the pesto but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Next time might up the garlic and cheese. And as with any pesto, a little goes a long way. The sweetness of the sun dried tomato and basil might be a bit cloying for some.
    This recipe is so easy and delicious. I highly recommend it. If you don't have a food processor, a blender will work just as well. Use a little bit of the water saved from draining the pasta so it will blend a little easier. Thanks, Giada!
    Very yummy!! Made this plenty of times. I just add a little more cheese for my preference! :)
    Tasty and very easy ti prepare with only a few ingredients! I added some hot pepper flakes, served with a simple salad and olive oil toasted bread!
    Yummy and filling. Will keep on hand when hosting a dinner party
    I absolutely loved this recipe! It takes only a few ingredients and was very easy and quick to put together. I also added some cubed mozzarella cheese for more color & taste. I even used whole wheat penne to create a healthier pasta dish. It was truly delicious! Another great one Giada!! bravo!
    Such great depth of flavor with only a few ingredients! I halved the recipe for just a one serving light lunch and it was filling and delicious!
    This is an elegant dish. Just add a salad, bruschetta, and a great wine to entertain in style. The most ardent meat lovers won't realize they just had a vegetarian dish! For variety this is great with grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, or a gourmet precooked sausage such as Cantella's.  
     
    I cut back on the amount of oil, using only 1/4 of the oil in the jar, then adding slightly more to taste. Make sure to set aside at least one cup of the pasta water - it is crucial!!! Also, you cannot use parmesan that comes in a shaker can, use the real thing from a wedge. Reggiano is best and expensive, but any wedge of "parmesan" will make a great dish. 
     
    I've served this so many times now and people just rave and rave. Those who ask for the recipe can't believe how easy it is!  
     
    For the minimal effort required, this is a very good recipe.
    This recipe certainly lived up to it's 5 star rating. It was absolutely wonderful! I topped the pasta with strips of pan seared, then roasted, chicken breast. I paired it with roasted zucchini and yellow squash. I will definitely make this dish again. Thank you Giada!
    So simple and so delicious! Great flavor and not heavy at all. Suggested wine pairing worked beautifully as well.
    Very delicious! So easy to make with great flavors all coming together. DEFINITELY a keeper! :
    This is a super simple and very tasty dish. The one negative is that sun dried tomatoes in olive oil are very expensive, like $7/bottle in California. I googled how to make them. 
     
    I went heavy on garlic and cheese and even as I do not like pesto, this is a fantastic pasta dish.
    Very yummy as a side dish, although my son thought it had too much garlic, haha. Easy to adjust.
    I made this for a picnic party, and it was a big hit! Definitely will make this again!
    Nothing overly special, but it is super quick and easy. I would probably make again for an easy weeknight meal.
    I made this dish a few weeks ago for my husband, son and myself. It had such great flavor. We all loved it. However, my husband being the "meat and potatoes" kind of guy sat down and said "wheres the meat in it?" I plan of making this again tonight. But I will brown up some Italian sauages and serving them on the side. Personally, I like it without the meat. Thank you Giada... I always love everything that I made from your show.
     
     Beth
     North Port, FL
    Kids loved it and they are very picky when it comes to meals. Served it with a couscous dish and braised chicken , worked out excellent. Will be on my list of quick meals from now on.
    So easy to put together but the family adored it! A keeper to be sure and it has to be super healthy!!
    Very tasty! It's my sons favorite recipe. He asks for it often. Thanks Giada for an easy and delicious pasta dish :-
    Even after all the reviews, we decided to do it as stated and found it to be insanely easy and very tasty.
    I give it a 3.5, but I guess I am rounding it up to a 4 because they dont let you use halves. I made this and thought it was ok, nothing to really take a picture of and put on instagram lol. I would say its a serviceable meal that you can eat on a lazy wednesday to take to work the next day, but nothing I would cook for a date. I think this recipe needs something sweet to balance the taste of the sun-dried tomatoes...but maybe that's just me.
    I got the sun-dried tomato pesto recipe (without the penne from Giada's Everyday Italian cookbook. The pesto was okay. Didn't really wow me but I gave it an extra star because I discovered it works really well as an ingredient to turkey burgers. Adds moisture and flavor.
    Add pine nuts and you are good to go!
    Crazy easy and good. Love adding chicken sausage or chicken to it for some protein.
    Commenter who cheated this of 5 stars because it is "too dry", clearly missed the instruction to use the cup of pasta water. Delicious and simple to put together. Another good Giada recipe!
    delicious
    My husband, who is an awesome griller/smoker but not that great at cooking, surprised me and made this recipe. It was an awesome light dish and easy for even the novice cook. Thanks again Giada!
    Eh, this recipe didn't do it for me. I found it incredibly dry. There wasn't enough oil in the jar of sun-dried tomatoes I used to coat the pasta. The flavor was ok, I would just suggest adding some olive oil to the pesto before coating the pasta.
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