Trapenese Pesto Pasta

This trapanese pesto is filled with fresh tomatoes, nuts and basil. It’s quickly processed into a refreshing summer sauce and tossed with pasta.

Go look at this (but then come back!) and tell me you wouldn’t want to dive head first into that bowl. Right? It just had to be done. It looks like penne a la vodka (you know you love that stuff) but there’s no heavy cream. Just tomatoes and nuts twirled around in the food processor to give it a hearty looking texture.

trapenese pesto pasta

I seriously wanted to jump through the screen and hug Bev for this when I saw it.

pesto pasta

This was the pasta I mentioned eating for lunch after making the almond zucchini bread yesterday and it was beyond worth every carby delicious bite.

I used an heirloom tomato from my CSA, sriracha in place of the pepperoncini and added shredded chicken, edamame and crispy prosciutto on top.

H-E-A-V-E-N. And I don’t even really believe in that whole thing.

pesto pasta with prosciutto

THIS is how you do summer pasta.

Original source: Bev Cooks

Original recipe: Penne with Trapanese Pesto


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  1. kim@hungryhealthygirl

    I’m such a sucker for pasta, but I never allow myself to make it with a heavy cream. It can be just as good without all of those extra calories. I love that you put procsuitto on top. I bet those flavors together were amazing!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Bev always has great dinners and savory options – you two are sort of foodie + photography twins. I see lots of parallels. These pics are great. The use of textures, the angles with the fork, napkin, cutting board, and underlying white surface – love the opening pic!

  3. Margarita

    I have forgotten about summer pastas and am even out of pasta! Thanks for the reminder that summer pastas are awesome. Man, this looks so good.

    How did your BlogHer conference go by the way? Hope you had fun! :)

  4. Kelly @ No Sugar Sweet Life

    OK, You’ve convinced me. I MUST buy a real “big girl” food processor… ASAP! All that amazing stuff into the sauce?!?! I went to Bev’s site then came back as you instructed :) This looks amazing!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I actually did this in my mini food processor! I only made enough sauce for 1 so it worked out fine. Sometimes the thought of cleaning the big one is more of a deterrent than using the crappy little one. ;)

  5. As A Verb

    This looks incredible! I love your additions with the the sriracha & crispy prosciutto. Can’t wait to give it a try, looks worth every carb filled bite!

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