Pasta With Parsely & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

pasta-sun-dried-tomato-pestoI’m always looking out for Pasta recipes, and one of the simplest yet tastiest ways to enjoy a weeknight pasta dinner is to toss it with some homemade Pesto Sauce! And this Rigatoni with Walnut, Parsley & Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto is one such charmer recipe that you would surely love. The tiny pieces of rich olive oil-soaked sun-dried tomatoes and earthy walnuts make this a satisfyingly thick, knobby pesto that bursts with flavor. Bye-bye Basil, we have some newbies to enjoy!

[Recipe & photo courtesy of Susan from Foodblogga]
Ingredients
Serves 4-6
1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
1 cup walnut pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
1 small garlic clove
3 tablespoons olive oil soaked sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon water, or more if needed

1 pound rigatoni (or pasta of your choice)

Method
In a food processor, combine the parsley, walnuts, cheese, and garlic.* Process until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil, then water in a steady stream, and process until smooth. (Add additional water or olive if necessary to achieve desired consistency.) Set aside.

*Note regarding garlic: If you don’t prefer the pungency of raw garlic, then heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small skillet over low heat. Add garlic, and saute until slightly golden, 2-3 minutes. Then add to food processor. You can even use some Roasted Garlic in the pesto if you want!

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta. Cook, stirring frequently, until al dente (tender but firm to the bite), about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta.

Place the pasta in a large warmed serving bowl. Top with pesto, and toss well. Garnish with grated cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.


Comments

  1. wow! really i can't wait anymore. it's look so delicious. i love pastas,its my favorite. I really good to change in variety so i really try this.

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