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5 from 2 votes

Pesto Pasta Recipe

20 minute, 4 ingredient Pesto Pasta with sun dried tomatoes and homemade OR store bought pesto.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pesto pasta, 30 minute meals, pasta, pesto
Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces pasta any kind
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto homemade OR store bought
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes sliced into strips
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • reserved pasta water


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil then season the water with salt. Add the pasta and cook per package directions for al dente.
  • Before you drain the pasta, ladle out about 1/2 cup of pasta water and set it aside. 
  • Transfer the drained pasta to the pot, add the pesto and 1/4 cup of pasta water then toss to completely coat. If your sauce seems dry, add a couple more tablespoons of pasta water but don’t overdo the water.
  • Grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top then serve right away with some good crusty bread and extra cheese at the table.