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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Let's make a delicious sun dried tomato pesto pasta for 2! If you like the traditional green basil pesto, you'll fall in love with this one. The best part is you'll have sun dried tomato pesto leftover to make into so many other dishes.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

SUN DRIED TOMATO PESTO

  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup walnuts or pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 8 large basil leaves about 1/4 cup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 7 garlic cloves or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil add more as needed

PASTA AND SAUCE

  • 8 ounces dry pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh garlic minced
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomato pesto
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/3 cup pasta water
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan to add on top
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes whole or chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil thinly chopped

Instructions
 

PASTA

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water. Make sure to reserve some of the pasta water before draining, at least 1/2 cup. You will not use all of it but just in case.

TO MAKE THE PESTO

  • Add the sun dried tomatoes, walnuts, parmesan, basil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Pulse until everything is broken up well but still chunky. Add the olive oil and pulse a few more times just until all mixed. Do not over-blend.

TO MAKE THE PASTA SAUCE

  • In a pan over medium heat, add the butter and olive oil. Melt down the butter until it starts to foam. After it foams, it will start to form brown bits. At the point, add the garlic and saute for about a minute.
  • Then add the sun dried tomato pesto along with the heavy cream. Mix all together.
  • It will appear to be a very thick sauce. Add the grated parmesan and pasta water and mix again. Taste and add salt and black pepper as needed. I did not need to add any salt since the pesto has salt along with the pasta water and parmesan.
  • Take off the heat and add the pasta, whole or chopped sun dried tomatoes, chopped basil, parsley, and more grated parmesan. Mix all together and serve warm!
Keyword 30 minute dinner, pasta, pesto
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