Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
1 lb or 454 g of mini penne or regular penne pasta
1 jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil about 10 oz or 300 ml
3 cloves of garlic
Salt to taste
White pepper to taste
2 teaspoons dried sweet basil you can use fresh, I was out of fresh
1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan (more for garnish if you like)
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 olive oil if needed more or less depending how thick or thin you like your pesto
Fill a large pot with water & place over medium-high heat on the stove. Bring the water to a boil. Add salt generously. Add pasta & cook for 1 min less than the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water in case you want to add it to the dish later.Set that aside.Then use a slotted spoon to lift out the noodles & transfer them to the large pan.Do not drain,do not rinse.Meanwhile toss your sun-dried tomatoes,the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes,the garlic, salt,white pepper, sweet basil,parmesan & walnuts in a food processor.Pulse until smooth.If the mixture is still too thick add a touch of olive oil to start & pulse while adding the oil until you get the desired consistency you like.It's always best to start with a little,you can always add more but you can't take away. So go easy initially & add oil to taste if needed.Transfer pesto to a large non-stick pan & heat on medium heat just before adding the cooked noodles. Remember to reserve 1 cup of pasta water to add later. Start pulling out your cooked noodles & add them to the pan with the pesto.Toss while adding, & continue tossing to coat the noodles with the pesto.You can start by adding about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water & then toss the pasta. If you need more pasta water to thicken the pasta you can add until you get the desired thickness you like. I added almost all of it to mine to thicken it.If desired add some freshly grated parmesan over top.
Serve with a big old pasta loving smile!
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