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:

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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14 Comments

  1. Holly @ The Runny Egg

    I’m the same way — I’ll look in the fridge, freezer and pantry and think “we have no food!” which is such a lie because we have a TON!

    The only pasta I rinse is brown rice pasta only because if I don’t there is a strange mush layer on top.

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  2. Cait's Plate

    I used to hate the word “foodie” too but I’ve come around to it now and don’t mind it as much. But I hear you on coming up with a new term – if this happens, let me know and I will be sure to integrate it :)

    I’m absolutely OBSESSED with those chalkboard labels. I NEED to get some.

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  3. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Oooh that looks delish! Pasta and pesto is probably one of my favourite things to eat! I have been looking in our cupboards trying to make meals for days and we really do have no food… well none that are particularly appealing anyway! So excited for a MASSIVE food shop tomo!! I may actually start posting proper meals again! :) Whoop! I did manage to make a chocolate almond tart yesterday… funny how we always seem to have baking ingredients on hand! ;)

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  4. Cat @Breakfast to Bed

    noodle soup with dried mushrooms, frozen fish balls, and some sort of veg. Food pet peeves? judge-y vegans. I am all for the lifestyle, just don’t be a PITA. Likewise with meat eaters. Maybe just judge-y eaters.

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  5. kari @ Running Ricig

    holy cow, your pantry is PACKED! Also, I kind of want to come organize it, but I shouldn’t really talk. We literally buy food for the week. When the week is over, we have no food, so a pantry dinner would probably be plain pasta.

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  6. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled

    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.

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