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Pasta with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes – Basil and Pine Nuts
Pasta con Pesto e Pomodori Secchi – basilico e pinoli
by James Belardo

Pesto is tremendously versatile, it can be used in a simple pasta sauce, spread on sandwiches and even spooned over a baked potato. It can also be as used a wet-rub for fish, meats and vegetables for grilling. This recipe demonstrates one of the simper ways, using it as the base for a pasta sauce.

1/4 cup Pesto – Basil and Pine Nuts (Pesto – basilico e pinoli)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
2 ladles of pasta water
fresh flat-leaf parsley, handful


1. Cook the pasta.

2. When the pasta is almost ready (al dente), place 2 ladles of pasta water into a medium sized pan set to medium heat. (Do NOT over cook the pasta… you must remove when the pasta is al dente!)
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3. Add the sliced sundried tomatoes and let come to a simmer.
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4. Stir in the pesto and mix well.
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5. Add the cooked pasta and stir well, adding a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley at the end.
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Written by Zio James

October 3, 2016 at 4:32 PM

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