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Pesto Dish:
Gemelli with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
1/2 lbs gemelli pasta, cooking according to package directions
1 C sun dried tomatoes
a pinch of crushed red pepper
1/2 C basil
2 T parsley
4 cloves garlic
1/4 C pine nuts
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T tomato paste
1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Set your pasta water to boil, then get on with preparing the rest of your ingredients. Place your sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl. When the pasta water boils, ladle enough water to cover the tomatoes into the bowl to reconstitute them. Run a knife through the basil and parsley so that it is roughly chopped, and add them to the bowl of a food processor. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper. Lightly crush the garlic cloves; chop them finely and add them to the processor. Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over high heat. Add those to the processor, too. Add the balsamic and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper; go easy on the salt. Finally, drain most of the water off the sun-dried tomatoes, and pour them along with the remaining liquid into the processor. Clamp the lid on tightly then begin pulsing while slowly streaming the olive oil into the processor. Pulse until the pesto is combined and finely chopped. Continue pulsing or add more olive oil as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Stir half the pesto into the drained pasta. Mix well so that the pesto coats the pasta evenly.

Pesto makes about 1 1/2 - 2 cups. It will dress a half pound of pasta easily, with plenty left over for another dish.

Posted by: Appoggiatura on November 4, 2008



By KitchenGirl image KitchenGirl on November 4, 2008 at 10:58:24 AM

This looks so very yummy! Nice entry... and thanks!

By SuDoughName image SuDoughName on November 4, 2008 at 04:49:11 PM

I haven't made Gemelli pasta in so long - your dish inspires me to make some! Love the pesto dish :)

By Appoggiatura image Appoggiatura on November 4, 2008 at 08:22:35 PM

Thanks!  I love gemelli - it's so substantial and fork-friendly.  Holds sauce like a champ, too.  I'd love to see what you make with it!

By CinnamonSpice image CinnamonSpice on November 5, 2008 at 08:35:01 PM

Your pesto looks so delicious. I bet it packed a lot of flavor!

By Appoggiatura image Appoggiatura on November 6, 2008 at 08:38:36 PM

Thanks, CinnamonSpice!  

By SnappyShop image SnappyShop on November 17, 2008 at 11:12:00 AM

Oh, this looks amazing! I just bought sun dried tomatoes yesterday, maybe this is my dinner tonight.

By Appoggiatura image Appoggiatura on November 24, 2008 at 02:10:10 PM

This is definitely a great way to use those tomatoes.  It's really quick and easy, and it's still tasty out of the fridge (or freezer) later on, too.  If you try it, I'd love to hear how it goes!

By thehungrymouse image thehungrymouse on December 5, 2008 at 09:24:11 AM

Oh yum, yum, yum! This looks amazing!


a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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