I love the sweet and sour flavor of sun dried tomatoes and for me this pesto tossed with any pasta like spaghetti, Penne, fusili, bow pasta etc is a perfect lunch or dinner recipe. Try it out for yourself and find the difference then using regular basil pesto sauce.
Serves : 3-4 persons
Pasta : 250 grams
Sun dried tomatoes* : 2 cups
Pine nuts : 1/2 cup toasted
Garlic : 3-4 cloves
Olive oil : 1 cup
Parmesan cheese : 1 cup grated
Salt as per taste
Black pepper powder : 1/2 teaspoon
Basil leaves : 4-6
Boil the pasta in a pan in 1 litre of water and salt till just cooked that means al dante with a crunch. Drain the water, drizzle little oil and keep aside.
In a mixer grinder jar, add the garlic cloves, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil and grind into a coarse paste. Add 1/2 cup cheese, pepper and grind until smooth.
Now heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan, add the pasta and toss well. Now, add the prepared pesto sauce and mix well. Add the basil and toss again. Check the salt and pepper seasoning and add a little more if required. The pasta is ready. Garnish with the left parmesan cheese and serve hot.
* Sun dried tomatoes are readily available in the market, however, you can prepare the same at home by cutting tomatoes into 4 halves, adding salt and drying in the sun for 5-6 days like we do with pickle. You can store these sun dried tomatoes in a jar with a little Refined or olive oil and use for other dishes too.