20 Minute Tomato Basil Penne

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Sometimes, nothing will do except a plate full of pasta. Pasta is so versatile and easy to make at home. And when I make homemade pasta dishes, I don’t feel gross and overly full like I do when I eat them at restaurants, which makes pasta a great, light, summertime dinner. Unless of course, you’re like me and you eat the whole pot of it. That may or may not have happened today…just sayin.  Well, what else was I supposed to do with all the time I saved? Did I mention that this quick meal only requires 6 ingredients?

This recipe is bursting with flavor because I used a can of sun dried tomatoes that have been packed in olive oil and herbs. The olive oil is nicely infused with all the herbs and the flavor of the tomato, so you don’t need much more to make this taste delicious, but I went ahead and topped it off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Flavor party in my mouth!Sundried Tomato Pasta5

And, you need to do something with all that beautiful basil growing in your garden, right? I used a whole bunch in this recipe. The aroma of the basil leaves is so amazing on a hot summer day.

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Mmmm so fresh!

So this is how it all went down:

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Gone! Seconds, please.

What a perfect, lazy summer evening. I made myself one of these, stepped out onto the balcony with my plate, kicked my feet up, and did what anyone would want to do on a night like this. 🙂

20 Minute Tomato Basil Penne
Serves 6
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
412 calories
11 g
1 g
41 g
2 g
6 g
60 g
41 g
0 g
0 g
33 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412
Calories from Fat 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 29g
Cholesterol 1mg
Sodium 41mg
Total Carbohydrates 11g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1.5 cups penne pasta
  2. 1 (8.5 oz) jar sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  5. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping (optional)
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. – 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add the sundried tomatoes with oil, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to a food processor and blend on medium for about 3 minutes or until there are no large pieces of tomato or basil left. – 3 minutes.
  3. Add pasta to the water, and cook until al dente. - About 8 minutes.
  4. Drain pasta. In the pot you cooked the pasta in, add the pesto mixture and stir to fully coat all of the pasta (remove from heat for this part). – 3 minutes.
  5. Plate the pasta and top it with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Eat immediately. – 1 minute.
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