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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Feta

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This whole wheat pasta dish is made with a delicious sun-dried tomato pesto and topped with crumbled feta. Packed with flavor, and easy and quick to make for a healthy weeknight meal.

Pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto served in a white bowl.

This healthy twist on a traditional pesto makes for a delicious sauce to go with the nuttiness of whole wheat pasta. The feta and sun-dried tomatoes add a wonderful sharp bite, while the almonds, basil, garlic, and cheese give it a velvety creaminess.

Since this recipe doesn’t have tons of veggies in it, I like serving it with some roasted veggies, sautéed spinach with garlic, or a large salad made with fresh greens on the side!

Ingredients for pasta and sun-dried tomato pesto.

HOW TO MAKE THIS PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO PESTO AND FETA – STEP BY STEP

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pan.

Pasta being poured into boiling water.

While pasta cooks, place tomatoes and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper) in a food processor.

Ingredients for sun-dried tomato pesto in a food processor.

Process until finely chopped.

Sun-dried tomato pesto after being processed.

Combine tomato mixture and the reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, stirring with a whisk.

Sun-dried tomato pesto being mixed with cooking water.

Add to pasta; toss well to coat.

A bowl of cooked pasta next to a bowl of sun-dried tomato pesto.

Sprinkle with some extra feta before serving.

Sun-dried tomato pesto being stirred into pasta.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SUN-DRIED TOMATOES?

Sun-dried tomatoes are a wonderful ingredient to use because they have an intense, aromatic flavor. As well as being delicious, they are also packed full of nutrients. They are high in vitamins C and K, as well as iron and antioxidants that are associated with lowering the risks of certain cancers.

HOW TO STORE THIS SUN-DRIED TOMATO PESTO RECIPE 

Making your pesto at home is so easy and healthier, fresher and tastier than the store bought alternatives. I always make more than I need, and just store it in a jar in the fridge topped up with olive oil so I can grab it whenever I need. The pesto can also be used in sandwiches or mixed into a salad dressing.

HOW CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE EVEN HEALTHIER?

Whole wheat pasta is great, but you could also swap in a chickpea or lentil based pasta to increase the protein even more without adding calories or fat. You can also add in veggies to this dish – some roasted squash or sauteed spinach would be great. If you cut back on the oil in the pesto you can save on some extra calories and fat there too! You can do all of this and still have a healthy meal for the whole family that is on the table within 30 minutes.

Pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto served in a white bowl and garnished with a basil leaf.

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING PASTA WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO PESTO AND FETA

  • Cook the pasta al dente (with bite).
  • Don’t substitute dried basil for the fresh basil in this recipe. Fresh herbs are key for big flavor!
  • If you have any left over pesto (or make extra), put it in a sealable jar and top it up with olive oil to keep it fresh.
  • Use whole wheat pasta, or for even more protein and nutrients – try a lentil or chickpea based pasta.
  • Serve with some veggies on the side for an even healthier dish.
Pasta and pesto being eaten with a fork

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Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Feta

A few simple substitutions makes this pasta recipe healthier than the traditional version, without losing any of the flavor and deliciousness of
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole wheat penne
  • 3/4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves drained and patted dry with a paper towel (to cut down on the oil a bit
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled low fat feta cheese

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Return pasta to pan.
  • While pasta cooks, place tomatoes and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper) in a food processor; process until finely chopped.
  • Combine tomato mixture and the reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, stirring with a whisk. Add to pasta; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with feta.

Notes

Top tips for making Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Feta
  • Cook the pasta al dente (with bite).
  • Don’t substitute dried basil for the fresh basil in this recipe. Fresh herbs are key for big flavor!
  • If you have any left over pesto (or make extra), put it in a sealable jar and top it up with olive oil to keep it fresh.
  • Use whole wheat pasta, or for even more protein and nutrients – try a lentil or chickpea based pasta.
  • Serve with some veggies on the side for an even healthier dish.
Adapted from MyRecipes

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12.3g | Fat: 9.9g | Sodium: 570mg | Fiber: 10g
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12 responses to “Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Feta”

  1. Hi Anjali,
    New to your site. Your recipes look great! Can you tell me what the fridge life would be for any leftover pesto (maybe a week or so)?

    • Haha feta is one of my absolute favorite cheeses too!! It is so salty and delicious! I’m sure you will love this recipe when you try it – keep me posted on how it turns out! 🙂

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