Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Inspiration: Two of my favorite ingredients: Pasta & Sundried Tomatoes

Creation: Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto



  • 8 oz Penne
  • 1 Jar Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil (If unavailable use 1pkg Sundried Tomatoes): chopped
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil: Chopped (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves: Minced
  • 1/2cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4cup Parmesan: fresh & grated + extra Parmesan for sprinkling on top (Amount depends upon pallet: I love Parmesan so I may use more…personal preference!)


  • Bring large pot of water to boil: Salt
  • Add Penne boil 8-9 minutes: Al dente’ – Reserve 1/4 cup salted pasta water
  • In food processor: blend sundried tomatoes, basil, garlic & parmesan until well chopped & mixed
  • Add olive oil & pulse until well combined: pesto will be a bit chunky which is good for texture

Plate Up:

  • Pour Pesto into large bowl
  • Top Pesto with Penne & 1/4 cup pasta water to help create sauce
  • Toss
  • Sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan
  • Serve

Simple creation & superb combination! What better combination can one create than sundried tomato, basil & garlic?!? If you love tomato based sauce this is an easy & elegant way to prepare sauce for pasta.



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