Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus
Pesto is seriously one of my favorite things ever. It is so easy to make, it’s incredibly versatile, and it pretty much tastes amazing in and on anything and everything.
Like for this pasta dish here, I tossed the pesto in some simple ingredients like sun dried tomatoes, roasted asparagus and mozzarella cubes, finishing it off with a fried egg, and it was seriously one of the best weeknight meals ever! It’s so simple and easy to whip up, and my most favorite thing about it is that some of the pesto gets stuck in the crevices of the shell pasta. AH-MAZING, right? Plus, this tastes just as good, if not better, as work leftovers since the mozzarella cubes gets all melted/ooey-gooey in between the pasta. Mmmmmm.
So here’s how you make this:
Boil up some salted water and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
While that’s happening, let’s roast some fresh asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper in a 450 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or so. Let it cool a bit before you cut them into 1-inch pieces.
Then we’ll take some homemade pesto…
julienned sun dried tomatoes…
and toss it with the pasta with some fresh mozzarella cubes.
Top with a fried egg…
and let the yolk just oooooze out before you dive in.
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Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Roasted Asparagus:
Yields 4 servings
- 8 ounces medium shell pasta
- 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
- Olive oil
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup basil pesto
- 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes, drained
- 1/3 cup diced mozzarella cubes
- Fried egg, for serving
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the asparagus in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste; gently toss to combine.
Place into the oven and roast for 8-12 minutes, or until tender but crisp. Let cool before cutting into 1-inch pieces.
In a large bowl, combine the pasta, asparagus, pesto, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella.
Serve immediately with a fried egg, if desired.
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