Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Sun-dried tomatoes are chewy, sweet, with an intense concentrated tomato flavor... and they've got a beautiful deep red color, too. They're a powerhouse ingredient because you really don't need many of them to give a dish tons of flavor.

One of the secrets to this dish is using the actual oil that the sun-dried tomatoes are packed in - it already has so much great, rich tomato flavor. Just blend it with some garlic, a generous amount of fresh basil, salt and pepper to taste, and Parmesan cheese to create a rich and deeply flavorful pesto.

This is also a dish that's great served warm, or cold the next day. And the best part? It's so easy, and the only thing you need to really cook are the noodles themselves.

sun-dried tomato pesto pasta


Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta


Main Course



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes




Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 12 ounces pasta, (such as Strozzapreti)
  • 1 7 - 8 oz jar sun-dried tomatoes, (such as Agnoni)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 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.



per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
76 grams
18 grams
12 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
9 milligrams
338 milligrams
6 grams
2 grams
Unsaturated Fat
7 grams
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6 reviews & comments

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    Anna Williams

    This is excellent! I love that it is quick. I love the flavor. I did add ground chicken. I usually do not have any success with recipes, but I managed to hit this one out of the park! Thanks Giada

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    Ron Catti

    quick and full of a flavor i appreciate

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    William Duel

    Lots of flavor in this.

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    Catalin Demian

    So simple and so delicious! Yum yum!

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    Patricia Green

    So simple and so delicious! My family already asked for this dinner again.

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    Roslyn Liturri

    If you buy the pasta and dried tomatoes from her the dish will cost $20.00 to make.

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