Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Pancetta is a flavorful pasta dish made with pasta, pancetta, sundried tomatoes, and pesto. This quick and easy pasta dish takes only 20 minutes to make. This simple, savory pasta recipe is sure to be a hit!
Why you'll love this sun dried tomato pesto pasta
- Cooks up in just 20 minutes
- Just 3 ingredients
- Perfect dinner for busy nights!
- sundried tomato pesto
- penne pasta
What is sundried tomato pesto?
Sundried tomato pesto gives a unique twist on traditional pesto. It is made with sundried tomatoes, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic and nuts. You can use it as a topping for pasta, chicken or fish.
How to make this sun dried tomato pasta recipe
You'll start by cutting the pancetta into squares.
Add the pancetta to a large skillet.
Cook over medium-high heat until the pancetta is browned and resembles bacon. There is no need to add oil because the pancetta will cook in its own fats.
Add the pesto sauce with sundried tomatoes. Stir well. This will infuse the sauce with a smoky taste.
Boil pasta on stove as directed on the box and drain the pasta water. I used penne pasta, but spaghetti, bowties, and most other pastas will work as well.
Toss the pasta with the pesto and pancetta mixture and scoop out into bowls. If you wish, garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, basil leaves or red pepper flakes if you like a little spice.
This is a great dish to serve with grilled chicken or a side salad. Your family will ask you to make this again and again.
Sundried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Pancetta
- 2 jars sundried tomato pesto
- ½ lb pancetta
- 1 - 16 ounce penne pasta one box
- Cut pancetta in to squares and add to deep skillet.
- Cook until pancetta is browned or looks like bacon.
- Add in sundried tomato pesto. Stir well. This will incorporate the smoky flavor.
- Boil pasta as directed on the box. Drain.
- Toss pasta with the pesto and pancetta mixture. Top with grated Parmesan.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
You can serve this pasta with grilled chicken or toasty garlic bread.
If you don't have pancetta, you can substitute bacon instead.
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