Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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Penne with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is absolutely delicious and so simple to make for a quick weeknight meal.

penne pesto pasta, close up


After my homemade Rosemary Basil Sun Dried Tomatoes were in the jar and sitting on the counter, they were taunting me, calling to me.  I knew I had to have them.  So, I made them into a Rosemary Basil Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and served them over some wheat penne pasta.  Absolutely delicious and so good I could eat it for breakfast. This Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto is absolutely delicious!

making tomato pesto in food processor

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penne smothered with sun dried tomato pesto

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta

Donna Elick
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Penne Pasta is absolutely delicious and so simple to make for a quick weeknight meal.
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Stovetop
Servings 4 – 6


  • 16 ounces dried penne pasta, I prefer Barilla
  • 1 jar rosemary basil dehydrated tomatoes, or sundried tomatoes packed in oil (SEE NOTES)
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan


  • 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 and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  • **If using store bought sundried tomatoes, follow instructions in NOTES section before proceeding.
    Meanwhile, blend the tomatoes and their oil in a food processor until the tomatoes are finely chopped. Transfer the tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan.
  • Add the pasta to the tomato pesto and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten.

Donna’s Notes

If you do not have homemade rosemary-basil dehydrated tomatoes, you can substitute the following:
  • 1 (8 ounce jar) sundried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup fresh packed basil
  • salt and pepper
Add these steps:
  1. Pour olive oil from sundried tomatoes into a small microwave safe jar.
  2. Crush rosemary leaves with your hand enough to bend the leaves and release the aromatics. Place sprig of rosemary in olive oil, cover with a paper towel and microwave for 15-30 seconds. Remove bowl from microwave and discard the rosemary sprig.
  3. Put the rosemary infused olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, garlic cloves, and basil in the food processor and proceed with recipe instructions.


Serving: 1person | Calories: 552cal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 370mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 11g | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Published September 2011.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for a quick dinner one night and now I have to keep making it weekly, my family loves it! The sun dried tomatoes give it such a wonderful flavor.

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