Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

A perfect pesto pasta to complement grilled meats and a green salad! Sun dried tomato pesto is flavorful and simple to make!


  • 1416 oz. bag of American Pride Pasta (or any other short shape)
  • 1 cup oil packed sun dried tomatoes, drained (I bought the Trader Joe’s brand!)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (fresh is preferred, but if not available you can substitute 1 T. dried basil)
  • 2 T. pine nuts, toasted
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place garlic pieces in food processor and pulse until completely minced. Note most garlic will then be stuck on sides of bowl.
  2. Add sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, basil, and pine nuts to food processor.
  3. With the food processor running, gradually add the olive oil until pesto is smooth.
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain, but reserve 1/2 cup pasta water.
  5. Combine pesto and reserved water in same pot. Add pasta and toss over low heat until pasta is coated. Add additional pesto as desired.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve warm!
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