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Sundried Tomato Pesto and Pantry Pasta

A delicious sundried tomato pesto is a delicious twist to the normal herby spread. Served with zucchini and tomato pasta. Perfect for summer.

Ever look in your fridge see empty shelves and think “I must go to the grocery store today or we’ll have nothing to eat?”

Happens to me all the time.

There’s really no reason for thoughts like these though because when it comes to food, I should probably be on an episode of hoarders.

Sundried Tomato Pesto and Pantry Pasta

Exhibit #1 the pantry:


Exhibit # 2 one of many food stocked cabinets:

Cabinet Pantry

If I can’t make a meal out the stuff in there, I really have no business considering myself a “foodie.” (btw…I really hate that word. Can someone come up with a better one?)

So, during work I started writing things on a post-it randomly throughout the day and came up with the following by 5pm:

  • pasta
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • feta
  • lemon/zest
  • onion
  • basil/parsley/sun dried tomato pesto

All things on hand (zucchini and tomatoes being the only 2 vegetables in my fridge) that could definitely produce a decent meal somehow combined. I thought the sundried tomato pesto was the perfect idea to get rid of the overflowing herb planters on my front steps after all that rain from Irene so that’s where I started.

Sundried Tomato Pesto

Hard to make something that color look appetizing but I promise it was tasty!

Sundried tomatoes, basil, parsley, evoo, pine nuts, garlic, salt, pepper. Easy and a nice variation on the normal pesto.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Pesto + pasta is a given so I threw on a pot of water to boil.

Then, just started chopping things up to sauté. Onions + garlic first. Herbs de Provence as the seasoning. Zucchini + sliced cherry tomatoes next. That cooked while the water came to a boil and was perfectly softened by the time the pasta was cooked.

*Side note after seeing Sabrina’s food pet peeves the other day…please tell me you don’t overcook your pasta and then rinse it!? Please? Mushy pasta is for babies with no teeth. Rinsed pasta is sacrilege. K? Glad we got that over with.

Pasta + veggies + pesto

Sundried Tomato Pesto and Pantry Pasta

Oh, and wine.

Ulysses isn’t a wine drinker so when I open a bottle, it’s a commitment. I don’t like to fall through on commitments.

Next time you think there’s nothing in the house to make, I challenge you to a pantry dinner! Although, this still doesn’t solve the lack of bananas for oats in the morning…

Do you have a go-to pantry meal? What is it?

Tell me your food pet peeves!

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Tuesday 4th of October 2011

[...] bring myself to drive to the track as I had planned. So instead, I drank some wine, cooked some pasta and read. Impromptu days off are fun every now and then anyway. Yesterday though, I knew I needed [...]

Kat @ Living Like the Kings

Tuesday 6th of September 2011

pantry pasta is my fav! Usually I just throw things into the sauce without even thinking lol

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

Thursday 1st of September 2011

pantry meals...I would say im the queen of veggie drawer meals. Start pulling enough things out and eventually come up with something good :)

Paige @ Running Around Normal

Thursday 1st of September 2011

I don't get sun dried tomatoes enough! Great idea putting them in pesto:) My husband likes his pasta mushy - blech.

Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled

Thursday 1st of September 2011

That pasta dish looks fantastic! I love zucchini in anything, but combining it with pesto? Yum!

My food pet peeve is when people boil foods that don't require it. For instance, chicken and most veggies. Why cook all the flavor out? That is a huge no-no in my book.