Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

Vegan Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta

This sauce is so amazingly good! I would love to take credit for it but it's an only slightly adapted version from Heidi's blog, which I love! Please go to her original version here for the full recipe. I'll still post it here as I've provided weights and made a couple changes.

The obvious carrier for this sauce is pasta but it would equally be good as a sandwich spread, in wraps, rice salads, quesadillas etc.... it's very versatile. The pasta I've used here is the new vegan fresh pasta available at Waitrose. Many thanks to Steven from Lustrous Musings who tweeted about these! I have seriously missed fresh pasta and although I do make my own now and again, love the convenience of these. Yay for fresh vegan pasta!!!

Vegan Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta
serves 4

90g sun dried tomatoes in oil (I use one in a marinated oil)
2 medium garlic cloves
1/8 tsp red chilli flakes
60ml extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp fine sea salt
40g pine nuts, lightly toasted in a dry frying pan

300g pasta 

Add the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, olive oil, thyme and salt to a food processor until fine and crumbly. Add the pine nuts and process until fine and crumbly. NOTE - my food processor is crap at coping with small quantities. I process the sun dried tomatoes in there but grind the garlic and pine nuts in a mortar and pestle, otherwise they just whirl around underneath the blades and never get processed. I then add everything else to the M&P and process that way.

It should look like this in texture.

Now simply cook your pasta in salted water, drain - reserving some of the cooking water, return to the pot and toss with the sauce. Add some of the reserved water to make it more saucy. Season with salt and pepper and if you have it, finely grate some extra mature cheddar cheezly on top.

~ 2013 Update ~
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Mushroom and Spinach Pasta - Vegan.

I've also made this adding some fried mushrooms and baby spinach for a delicious version. For 2 people simply fry 150g of mushrooms, quartered or sliced, in 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil with some freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt until cooked. Cook 150g of pasta then drain saving some of the cooking water and return the pasta to the pot with half of the pesto, 50g of sliced spinach and the mushrooms. Stir over low heat until well mixed then add a splash or 2 of cooking water to make it saucy (ooo-er!). Stir until the spinach wilts, taste and season as need be then serve :-)

Vegan Pan-Grilled Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Avocado, Baby Spinach and Basil Sandwich.
This pesto also works beautifully as a sandwich spread. This sandwich in particular is stunning!

Pan-Grilled Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Avocado, Baby Spinach and Basil Sandwich

• 2 slices good quality bakery bread
• about 20g of the pesto
• half an avocado, sliced
• fresh basil leaves
• handful of baby spinach
• vegan butter
• smoked sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Get a grill pan nice and hot. Spread one slice of the bread with the pesto then top with the avocado, a tiny sprinkle of smoked sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper, basil leaves and a good handful of baby spinach. Sandwich together then spread the top of the sandwich with the butter. Place butter side down onto the hot grill pan and grill until golden brown. Spread the top of the sandwich with butter and flip over and fry until golden brown.


  1. I think this may just be my dinner tonight,
    It sounds delicious :)

  2. This looks delicious, and so simple to make too.
    Also, there is an award for you on my blog if you would like it :)


  3. This looks delicious! I love sun-dried tomatoes, especially the marrinated ones.

  4. Thanks for the comments! and thanks so much for the award Rose!! :)

  5. Yummo! Sun dried tomatoes make such a good sauce.

  6. oh this sounds great for a mid week dinner. thankfully my housemates have an amazing food processor that will deal with this nicely

  7. I've never made my own pesto, but I'm going to try now! This looks so tasty!


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