Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SUN DRIED TOMATO PESTO PASTA | EASY PASTA RECIPES

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We usually prefer Pastas for our weekend dinners and both of us love the simpler versions of pastas or the pesto based ones more than the tomato or cheese loaded ones.Our most favorite pasta being the Basil pesto pasta and the next comes this Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta.
The preparation process of the Pesto sauce is quite simple as we just need to grind the ingredients to a coarse paste.You can toss the cooked pasta in a good amount of Olive oil with the pesto sauce for a quick pasta,but I love to add some crunch to the pasta and hence I always saute few bell peppers,babycorns,broccoli etc as I like to bite into the crunchy vegetables in pasta.
Sun dried Tomato Pesto Pasta Recipe:

Ingredients:

To prepare Sun dried Tomato pesto:
1 cup Sundried Tomatoes
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Basil
1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil(EVOO) + 3 tbsp oil from Sundried tomatoes
1/3 cup Pine nuts or Walnuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese(optional)
4-5 Garlic pods
1/2 tsp ground Pepper
1/2 tsp Red chili flakes
Salt to taste

To prepare Pasta:
10-12 blocks Fettucini pasta(or any other pasta-2 cups)
1/2 cup Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce
1 Onion,sliced
3-4 Garlic pods,sliced
1 cup chopped Vegetables(Bellpeppers, Capsicum,Babycorn,Mushrooms)
1 tsp mixed herbs
1/2 tsp Chili flakes
1/2 tsp ground Pepper
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese(optional)
8-10 Basil leaves,torn
2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
Salt to taste

Method:

To prepare Sun dried tomato Pesto:
  • In a mixer add sun dried tomatoes, basil leaves,pine nuts/walnuts,garlic pods,pepper,add half the quantity of olive oil,parmesan cheese,red chili flakes,salt and ground to a medium coarse paste.Add the remaining olive oil in stages in between to ease the process of grinding.Do not add water to grind it,the EVOO is enough to grind into a slight coarse and uniform paste.
  • Now check for the taste and adjust the salt for the pesto.
To Cook Pasta:
  • Cook the pasts according to the instructions of your package or follow this procedure:
  • Bring water to boil in a big pot (filled to its half) and add salt,1 tsp olive oil and pasta and cook over medium flame for 10-12 mins until al dente(cooked and tender to teeth).
  • Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of water for later usage.you can even give a cold bath to the pasta by running it under fresh tap water which helps in keeping the pasta separate.
To prepare Sundried tomato Pesto Pasta:
  • Heat olive oil in a wide bottomed pan and fry sliced garlic until slight brown and crisp and add thinly sliced onions and fry until they are pink and soft.
  • Now add sliced vegetables and saute them for few minutes.
  • Add the sun dried tomato pesto sauce and mix well.Add 4-5 tbsp of reserved pasta liquid if required add more to get a medium sauce consistency.
  • Add cooked pasta and mix well until all the pasta is covered with the sauce and is warm.Now add red chili flakes,Italian herbs,basil leaves,salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Dish it out to the serving platter and sprinkle some cheese over it.Garnish with basil.
Serve it hot or warm with Raspberry Soda or drink of your choice.
 Notes:
  1. You can add more Parmesan cheese while preparing sauce in the above recipe to make pasta more cheesy.
  2. You can replace fettucini pasta with any of the pasta like penne,spiral,macaroni ,farfelle or any other pasta of your choice.
  3. You can add finely chopped carrot,blanched broccoli,thinly sliced mushrooms,blanched asparagus,zucchini to the pasta
  4. You can even fill the pasta in a baking dish and cover with grated Parmesan cheese(1/4-1/2 cup) and cover it with a foil and bake it in oven @ 160 degrees for 20 mins until the cheese melts.Serve it hot right from the oven.This would be a exclusive dish for parties especially or for special romantic dinners.
  5. For a Vegan version avoid parmesan cheese while making pesto,it tastes even delicious without cheese in it.

You can check out the other pesto versions of various Pasta varieties here - Basil Pesto Pasta and Spinach Pesto Pasta.

21 comments:

Arthy Suman said...

Delicious looking pasta...tangy and yummy...

Vimitha Anand said...

Deliciously done pasta. Nice clicks

Priti S said...

Love sun dried tomato pesto ...looks so delish with that beautiful drink ...perfect for V day :)

Akila said...

Looks great

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

wow wonderful setup Prathy and the sun dried tomato pesto luks excellent...

Chitras Foodbook said...

Looks so tempting. I have never tried pasta dishes. now u tempted me to try...

Helen Prabha said...

Looking so yummy & gorgeous.... Lovely presentation. :-)

Sireesha Puppala said...

Great clicks:) n pasta looks filling

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks delicious and very tempting :)

Veena Theagarajan said...

looks good and tasty

divya said...

Wow tempting clicks,makes me hungry

DEESHA said...

yummy recipe. I am always ready for a bowl of delicious pasta

ramya anand said...

Looks so appetising!

Amina said...

wow... wonderful looking pasta... please pass on a plate!

tinku shaji said...

nice pasta

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

I love love sun dried pesto in almost anything :p

Janani said...

wonderful pasta love it dear.Happy valentine day.

Kavi Foodomania said...

Looks amazing!! I'm wondering where you found Sundried tomatoes in Mumbai??

Visit Food-O-Mania!

madscar said...

Love it! Thanks for recipe :)

divya rajendran said...

Wer will u get sun dried tomatoes or hw can v make it at home

divya rajendran said...

Wer will u get sun dried tomatoes or hw can v make it at home

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