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The Ultimate 10 Minute Pesto Pasta


The ultimate 10 minute Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato – the quickest and most delicious homemade meal your taste buds are gonna LOVE’ Hungry now? Jump to Recipe

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Are you ready for the 10 minute pesto pasta challenge? Yep, homemade pesto and all. For real, pop your pasta in boiling water and by the time it’s finished you’re ready to go.

A quick toast of the pine nuts, no more than 1 minute to chuck everything in the processor to blend and a speedy fry of the asparagus and sun dried tomato just to soften them. Easy as that. The time/taste trade off for this neat little dish is truly is amazing.

This recipe is actually inspired by a combination of a few dishes I’ve been devouring lately. The pesto inspired by Avocado, Rocket Pesto Pasta and the Sun Dried Tomato aspect comes from one of my fav quick fix dinners Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sundried Tomato.

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The dish as a whole has some beautiful flavours and some even more gorgeous textures. I love throwing in some bocconcini for a smooth creamy touch and mixing some toasted pine nuts for a nice little crunch. The tender asparagus, the silky pesto, UGH so tasty.

The quantities below are gonna give you a pretty big batch. Fantastic opportunity to feed 4+ or even chuck in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch. You could even cut the pasta, use half the pesto and drizzle the rest over a caprese salad or a nice chunky chicken breast. That reminds me, Tomato and Fried Mozzarella Stack anyone? Okay, so many pesto dreams too little time.

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For those tired from work, those who love a quick dinner and for those who simply love everything pesto – this recipe is for you. A beautifully hearty dish that is just BURSTING with flavour.

Okay, let’s tuck into the recipe shall we? Let me know how you get on folks and I’ll catch you on the next post. Your time, starts, NOW!


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The ultimate 10 minute Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato
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The Ultimate 10 Minute Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Sundried Tomato
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

The ultimate 10 minute Pesto Pasta with Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomato - the quickest and most delicious homemade meal your taste buds are gonna LOVE

Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian, Quick Meal
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 478 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 12.2 oz (350g) Pasta
  • 1 cup (250g) Pesto
  • 1 Bunch on Asparagus sliced into 1/4 (woody tip removed)
  • 10-12 Sun Dried Tomatoes sliced
  • 5.5 oz (150g) Cherry Bocconcini Balls
  • 1 tbsp Pinenuts (toasted, if desired)
  • Extra sprinkle of Parmesan
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil, for frying
Method
  1. Pop your Pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente (9-10 mins)
  2. If toasting your pine nuts, lightly fry over low-medium heat until golden brown, shaking the pan occasionally. Pine nuts go from toasted to burnt extremely quickly so just be vigilant. No oil required at this point.

  3. Add a dash of oil to a pan and begin fry your Asparagus. When it just begins to char, add your Sun Dried Tomatoes and fry for a further minute or so just to soften.
  4. By this point your Pasta will be cooked. Drain and empty into the pan with your Asparagus and Sun Dried Tomatoes. Stir in your Pesto, leftover Pine nuts and Bocconcini Balls. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

a) Check out my Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe.

b) Save 1/2 of pasta water to thin out the sauce if needed.

c) I like to stir in a tbsp or so of the Sun Dried Tomato oil right at the end to really enhance those beautiful flavours.


For another pasta dinner dish under 20mins check out my Fettuccine Carbonara (no cream)

Fettuccine Carbonara No Cream


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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Linda
    June 3, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Yum, pasta is one of my favorite foods and this one could go right to the top of the list.

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      Pasta makes the world go round right!?

  • Reply
    wellawarebylinda
    June 17, 2017 at 2:48 am

    This looks amazing, I’m going to try this this weekend, thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

      Amazing! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    August 14, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I am obsessed with Pesto. I will definitely be making this!

    • Reply
      Chris
      August 14, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      I’m pretty bonkers for Pesto too (if you couldn’t tell). Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii
    October 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Pesto pasta is a weekly staple in our house, as it’s quick and easy and delicious too. Yours looks all of other things too!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks, Dannii! Pesto is certainly a weekly staple here too!

  • Reply
    Emily
    October 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I love adding mini mozzarella balls in pasta, this looks so delicious love the photos too!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Aren’t mini mozzarella balls just the best!? Thank you for your kind words 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana
    October 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Pesto and mozzarella balls is a combination made in heaven! This sounds easy and very delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 22, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Thanks, Diana! Pesto and Mozzarella is THE best combo!!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    October 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    A simple pesto pasta dish is always a favourite of mine, and something I often fall back on if time is tight and I want a decent, tasty and healthy meal. So easy to make, and always so tasty.

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      You’re right, Helen. Always a go-to when time is tight!

  • Reply
    Silvia
    October 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I pinned the recipe for later because I totally love this one. I love salads, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, pesto, and pasta 🙂 My favorite things in one bowl. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! Enjoy 🙂

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