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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Whole Wheat Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Summer in the Pacific Northwest is a particularly lovely season. The rains stop and temperatures moderate, rarely reaching the highs experienced in other areas of the country. Fair winds bring blue skies and balmy breezes blow inland from the sea. Ease and comfort reign under a just right sun. The frenetic must do, must go pace of winter eases to the rhythm of a summer waltz. We move outdoors. There are trails and tides to be seen and alfresco meals in need of testing. While not abandoned, the stove is definitely neglected as meals are simplified and the deck and grill become the summer kitchen. For better or worse, what we eat and where we eat it change for the season. I still experiment, but fast and light assume an importance that is not seen in my winter kitchen. This pasta dish is fairly typical of the meals I make at this time of year. While it is simple to make, it bursts with flavor that's not been sacrificed for the sake of ease. The ingredients, save for basil, can always be found in the pantry, and, fortunately, for the next few months, there'll be basil aplenty in the garden. You can have this on the table in 30 minutes. I think those of you who try this will really be pleased. It is strongly flavored but not overwhelming. Here's the recipe.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Walnut and Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by a recipe originally appearing in Taste of Home Magazine

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
1/2 cup boiling water
12 ounces uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
Optional garnish: Finely chopped walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes

Directions:

1) Place tomatoes in a small bowl and cover with boiling water.Let stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
2) Place basil, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a food processor; cover and pulse until chopped. Add tomatoes with soaking liquid, broth, walnuts, salt and pepper; cover and process until blended. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream.
3) Drain spaghetti; toss with pesto. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.









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57 comments :

Hovkonditorn said...

The pasta dish looks very yummy!

Kim said...

This pasta dish is really the essence of summer to me! It's bursting with flavor, basil and sndried tomatoes, and it's simple and fast to prepare. It will definitly be on my table in a couple of days, my basil is ready to use!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

If that tastes as good as it looks I am on my way over for supper :-) Diane

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Oh my! This looks and sounds delicious!

Sue/the view from great island said...

Great summer dinner! I love sun dried tomatoes but hadn't thought to use them in a pesto. This one looks like the flavor would complement the whole wheat pasts nicely, especially with the walnuts.

Duxa said...

Hi Mary, very appealing to the eye, delicious!
Hugs.

Clint said...

Yes. This is what I'm talkin' about.

Pondside said...

I like the sound of this - and I'll bet it's great cold - for those of who like leftover pasta!

From the Kitchen said...

I just happen to have a huge jar of sun dried tomatoes on hand as well as walnuts and basil. I'm even going to try freezing some for a winter treat when basil is sorely missed. I hope you have a delicious weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

Food Glorious Food! said...

What a coincidence!! I was planning to cook this for Sunday brunch but with instant sun dried tomato Pesto from a bottle... Planning to cheat..Thanks for the great recipe. Have a great weekend!

lena said...

this is lovely. I had also just cooked some pasta with pesto few days ago and i know how delicious yours is!

laurie said...

oh my gosh thats yummy!

kitty said...

What a simple, but delightfully flavored past dish. I can't wait to try it, Mary!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

O this looks superb with the flavors bursting in it....loved the click...
Have a great weekend..:)

Lenia said...

This is my kind of pasta!Mouthwatering!!!Well done,dear Mary!

That Girl said...

We're dying to get up to the pacific northwest soon, pending doctor approval.

Kerstin said...

Yum, sun-dried tomato pesto is one of my favorites and your version looks delish!

Eileen said...

This looks and sounds delicious. I wasn't too keen on the whole wheat pasta at first, so I mixed it with some regular pasta and before I knew it, I was thoroughly enjoying it (and getting everyone else to eat it, too). This looks like a great and easy dish.

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Ooh, that looks amazing!

Michael Toa said...

What a beautiful pasta dish Mary. Bursting with flavours of summer. Enjoy your weekend.

Ginny said...

You've taken spaghetti, kicked it up a notch, and made it classy

girlichef said...

Wow, that is a seriously stunning pesto...probably the most tempting I've ever seen. Another for the ever-growing list...thanks Mary =)

Gloria said...

This look really yummy! xxgloria

Parsley Sage said...

Mmm mmm mmm! Lovely pasta dish, perfect for those sweat-inducing heatwave days we're having right now :)

Adam said...

I don't know why I come here when I'm hungry :). This dish looks sooo good but what looked even better was the image you created with your words. Wonderful post.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Looks like the perfect dish for summer - quick, simple, and delicious!

yummychunklet said...

I love whole wheat pasta but my sister can't stand it, so I have to do a mix. This sauce looks delicious!

Maris(In Good Taste) said...

This is the perfect pasta dish!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Your tomato pesto sounds delicious and looks beautiful. The color is amazing...pretty to serve when having company. With so much basil in our gardens now, I think we are all making pesto. Thank you Mary for a new one.

Pam said...

I've been wondering how to prepare the ww pasta in my cabinet and now I know. This sounds delicious, Mary and thanks for the recipe! Have a good rest of the weekend!

bellini said...

I really am a pesto fanatic mary!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

YUM . . . and I miss summer in the Pacific Northwest.

Fondly,
Glenda

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Truly elegant and super pleasing..

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Jersey Girl Cooks said...

I love any pasta dish that can be on the table in under 30 minutes. This is a great one! Enjoy your weekend.

Wendy Irene said...

When I was on vacation I ordered pasta with sun-dried tomato and walnut pesto. I thought it was delicious and wondered how it was made. Now I am seeing a fabulous recipe for it here :) Love when that happens. Happy Weekend!

Catherine said...

Looks delicious Mary! Love to get my fork in this a just twirl!

Joanne said...

I love all pesto, but sun-dried is an especial favorite! This sounds delicious!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Pasta looks so yummy i love sun dried tomatoes..

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Any pasta or Italian recipe is good in my books, but this one looks particularly flavoursome with those sun-dried tomatoes and pesto! Yum! Great colour dish too!

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

My basil is growing beautifully so this is automatically a recipe for me. The only cooking is the pasta which makes it kitchen friendly. You are so right about our cooking habits changing from season to season.

I am printing this for one night, this week. Thanks for sharing it, Mary.

penny aka jeroxie said...

So making this walnut pesto! YUMMmMO

Alessandra said...

This is great Mary, my kind of sauce, and you took a great photo too! Not easy to photograph spaghetti!

Ciao
Alessandra

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a great pasta dish. I am going to make some red pesto too.

Rita said...

Love a recipe that looks this good and so fast and easy to prepare.
Rita

Barbara said...

There's something about whole wheat pasta. Forget about healthy, it just plain tastes better, I think. Love this simple summer pasta dish, Mary.

meeshiesmom said...

Such a healthy pasta dish! My basil is ready for this one.
Karen

Allison O'Mara said...

Thanks so much for including my blog! I'm going to have to try this recipe, it looks delicious!

PeggyR said...

This sounds very good. I tend to not cook so much in the summer especially since it's just me!

kitchen flavours said...

Lovely plate of pasta, looks really delicious! Bookmarking this to try, thanks for sharing, Mary. Wish you a wonderful week ahead!

Chiara said...

A great recipe mary! I love pasta dishes and this looks deliciuos! have a good day....

NancyO said...

As one who lives in the Puget Sound area, I can't agree more with your Pacific NW commentary. Our deck becomes our living room during this short and nearly perfect season. Simple pastas such as this delicious example make for enjoying our short respit from clouds and sprinkles when then the kitchen becomes our recreation!

Jenn said...

I love dishes like this for the summer...it gets me through those 115 degree nights!!

Yatee said...

I have been looking for interesting pesto recipes! And I love sundried tomatoes. I feel like I will love the combination of the two .. and this dish is so summery. I need to make this.

Thanks for the motivation!

michele said...

The simplicity of the meal cannot be beat. Never tried with walnut pesto. Sound good.

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

Thanks, Mary.

http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/07/pasta-with-walnut-and-sund-dried-tomato.html

Tender Branson said...

With the price of pine nuts I've been investing in more walnut style pesto. Nice looking dish. Love the addition of sun-dried tomato with pesto. That's a great combination.

Anna said...

Can't wait to try this fun and new pesto :)

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