Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

If you’re looking for a quick and easy pasta lunch, look no further than this delicious Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta recipe!

And that’s what’s so perfect about pesto pasta, it’s truly so quick and easy to make! One of those lazy lunches that requires minimal effort, but the taste is just incredible. Follow me…

Bowl of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto with spoon poking out surrounded by basil, pine nuts and parmesan

Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Homemade sun dried tomato pesto, otherwise known as ‘red pesto’ is best suited for this recipe. However, you can sub store bought red pesto if you wanted. Alternatively you could use a different type of pesto, such as basil pesto. Either way you can still use the same toppings and exactly the same method for this recipe.

How to stop Pesto Pasta drying out

I don’t know about you, but my experience of pesto pasta used to be ‘oh yummy, it looks so saucy… Wait.. Where you going? Oh no, Grease.. Send help!’.

Or something of that nature.

Truth is, it’s very easy to serve up pesto pasta that’s ultra greasy and really not that saucy. Which is understandable as pesto has a large quantity of oil, but we want saucy pesto pasta right?

Okay, here’s a trick for you.

[Pasta Water]

By tossing starchy pasta water through the pasta and pesto, it creates an emulsion, which in turn creates a saucy, almost creamy texture. This will create more of a pasta sauce, instead of a pesto that just about coats the pasta.

The second tip is to do this in a bowl away from heat, as opposed to doing it in a pan on the hob.

Pesto is often heavily made up of parmesan, and because it isn’t that saucy, when you start trying to fry the pesto it starts frying the cheese. Which we don’t want.

How to make Sun dried Tomato Pesto Pasta - 2 step by step photos

How to make Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

  1. Cook your pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Scoop out starchy pasta water, then drain and place in a bowl.
  2. Add your sun dried tomato pesto, pasta water and chilli flakes (optional) and toss until full coated.

Serve straight away so it stays warm, then add on some extra goodies.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Toppings

  • Pine Nuts
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Fresh Basil

And like I said, I’ll use these three toppings whether it’s sun dried tomato or basil pesto.

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How to make Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta (Full Recipe & Video)

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta on a white plate with a gold fork and basil in the background
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

If you're looking for a quick and easy pasta lunch, look no further than this delicious Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta recipe!

Course: Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
Servings: 2
Calories: 460 kcal
Author: Chris
Ingredients
  • 7oz / 200g Pasta of choice (here I use Linguine)
  • 1/2 cup / 2-3 heaped tbsp Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  • 1/3 cup / 80ml Starchy Pasta Water, or as needed
  • pinch of Chilli Flakes (optional)
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
Garnish
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Pine Nuts, toasted if desired
  • Small Basil Leaves
Method
  1. Cook your pasta in salted boiling water until al dente, reserving a cup of starchy water.

  2. Drain and place pasta in a bowl with 1/2 cup / 2-3 heaped tbsp pesto & chilli flakes if using.

  3. Toss through 1/3 cup / 80ml starchy pasta water (or until you get to your desired texture). Serve with extra basil, pine nuts and parmesan

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Check out my Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto!

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b) Starchy water - When you scoop out the pasta water, make sure it's towards the end of the cooking process so it's as starchy as possible. This will help emulsify the pesto and water more efficiently (and add more flavour). It'll also obviously be hotter as well, in comparison to scooping it at the start and letting it go lukewarm.

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c) Calories - Based on sharing between two people without the toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 460 Calories from Fat 322
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35.75g 55%
Saturated Fat 6.125g 31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.613g
Monounsaturated Fat 20.793g
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 640mg 27%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 25.84g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2.8g 11%
Sugars 0.5g
Protein 11.29g 23%
Vitamin A 31%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 16%
Iron 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For another quick, easy and delicious Sun Dried Tomato Pasta recipe, check out my Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Sun Dried Tomato!

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicolas Hortense
    April 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Yes!! Definitely agree with the pasta water trick! I use it all the time!! (:

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      It makes such a difference doesn’t it!?

  • Reply
    Cathy
    April 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! This looks so perfectly creamy and delicious! Can’t wait for dinner tonight!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Sharon Chen
    April 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Looks so yummy! The flavors are just my favorite. Pesto is love.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Yup, pesto certainly is love ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Toni
    April 1, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    It was so good! Everyone in my family loved it!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      That’s so awesome to hear! So glad you enjoyed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Shashi at SavorySpin
    April 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Yes to saucy pesto pasta! Love that pasta water trick and love the sound of this!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 1, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Shashi! ๐Ÿ™‚

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