sundried tomato penne.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

sundried tomato penne

when basil is no longer in season, i look for sundried tomatoes to make pesto. of course pesto possibilities are endless, but i'm pretty lame and mostly stick with pasta. prepare more than you need and keep in the fridge for a few weeks. dinner's practically ready once the water boils.

sundried tomato penne
1/4 cup toasted almonds
handful fresh parsley, roughly chopped
12 sundried tomato halves
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb penne pasta (whole wheat works well too)
salt and pepper to taste
grated parmesan reggiano for topping

1. toast the almonds in a small pan over medium heat until they become fragrant and brown (about 5 minutes).
2. in a food processor, mix almonds, parsley, tomatoes, garlic, and oil until smooth. if the mixture isn't coming together as you like, add a bit more olive oil.
3. sprinkle pesto with salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few more times.
4. cook penne al dente, drain, and immediately toss with pesto.
5. sprinkle with parmesan before serving.

recipe adapted from epicurious.


The Egg said...

and that's all i have to say about that.

xo the egg out west.

jen said...

I make a very similar version, but my pesto has sundried tomatoes with toasted walnuts, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. It's awesome! Toss it with the penne, a bit of pasta water, mix in some baby spinach, top it with goat cheese and shrunken cherry tomatoes. (my recipe is from heidi swanson, 101cookbooks). It's a meal that is constantly in rotation at our house and also my go-to meal to bring to potlucks. Always a crowd pleaser.

rebecca said...

i like your version!

Little Rus said...

Delicious! All my favourite ingredients in one plate. :)

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Sounds absolutely delicious!

Monica L. Shulman said...

I love sundried tomatoes. this sounds amazing.

Ali W. said...

YUM!! I am ALWAYS looking for new recipes! This is our kind of dinner! Thanks for posting!

Rebeka said...

This looks awesome

I've never made pesto with anything but the usual (basil, pine nuts + parm). I'm going to have to try this

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh, this is exactly what I need to do to spice up my usual pasta dish!

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Love how simple this is -- and that you could add any number of things to it if the mood struck you (roasted eggplant! chicken! sausage! grilled veggies!).

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