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Everyday Cooking

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • prep time10 min
  • total time 25 min
  • serves 4
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian

Sun-dried tomatoes are the base for this delicious pesto.

38 Ratings
Directions for: Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


12 oz penne pasta

1 (8.5-oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil

2 garlic cloves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan


1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2. Meanwhile, blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, salt and pepper, to taste, and basil in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer the tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan.

3. Add the pasta to the pesto and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten. Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve.

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