It has been a few weeks since I’ve posted any kitchen concoctions which means that I have not been whipping up anything fun for a while. With work and travels getting in the way, it has been too many late night grilled cheese dinners. Well, last night I decided it was time to get back in there and give it a go. But, being a week night it still had to be quick. I mean, with the #WeAreFaashion twitter party and an episode of Glee to watch I had a full night planned, priorities people!
I decided to try a Giada recipe of Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto that looked pretty uncomplicated. To get the party started Floyd and I put on some music, popped open a bottle of vino and dug into a loaf of french bread w/ olive oil. Yum! I swear I could live off dinners of bread, olive oil and wine!
The result was a delicious penne pasta that both of us felt had a taste that was slightly more sophisticated than our stand-by or red sauce. Not that I don’t love me some chunky Ragu. Because I do! To spice it up I added some spicy Italian chicken sausage and red pepper flakes. True to the reviews, it was done in under 30 min! Love it! Here’s the recipe minus my additions, or you can find it here. Any other quick dinners I should know about? I’m always on the look out!
Penne w/ Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- 1 (8.5-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
- 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.