Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tasty Tuesdays: Penne with Tomato Pesto & Smoked Mozzarella

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

I'm back with another pasta recipe for you.  I can't help myself - pasta is by far my favorite thing to eat!  This recipe comes from the March 2012 issue of Self magazine.  You can find the original recipe right here.  This is a really easy recipe and would make a great weeknight meal because it doesn't take long to make.  The recipe calls for a food processor, which I don't have, so I used my blender to make the pesto.

- 1/4 cup almonds (I used slivered almonds so that my blender would be able to handle them!)

- 2 cups loosely packed fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
- 12 sun-dried tomato halves
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 lb smoked mozzarella, diced
- 1/2 lb whole-wheat penne
- salt & pepper, to taste
- freshly shredded Parmesan, optional

In a small pan over medium heat, toast almonds until golden brown, 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse almonds, parsley, tomatoes, garlic and oil until slightly chunky. Pour into a bowl; season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add mozzarella; toss to combine. Cook pasta as directed on package; drain and toss immediately with pesto.

Top with shredded Parmesan and garnish with flat leaf parsley.

Serves 4 (According to Self.  If you like pasta, like me, I'd say the serving size is closer to 2.5 -3)

THis tasted great served warm, but I think it would also be a great cold pasta salad recipe for the Summer.
What did you cook this week?
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  1. Hi Alissa,
    I love Pasta to, your dish looks delicious. I am sharing my Ham and Pasta Casserole today. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  2. Hi! New to linking up here. I shared the cherry cobbler and Oreo Cakester pops. Hope you have a great week.

  3. Alissa your recipes always look so delicious and comforting. I host a party called Mix it up Monday and I would love for you to stop over and share some of your recipes:


    I hope to see you soon :)

  4. Good morning Alissa

    Man, that pasta looks amazing!! I'm sharing a Lemon Cracker Cake this week. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for hosting!!

  5. Hi,
    I shared a recipe for Braised Paleo Pot roast, and Healthy Homemade Vege Chips! Also, an article about the red meat study from Harvard and an article about the exciting new emerging helminthic therapy.

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    One copy of Real Food 101 from Our Nourishing Roots:


    Thanks for hosting!

  6. Oh that pasta looks amazing! Wanna bring me some for dinner?? :)
    Thanks for the party each week!

  7. This sauce looks fantastic!! I've shared a tutorial on making seed and nut butters, using sunflower seeds as a demo :)

  8. Thanks again for hosting a great party!

  9. I love pesto and will have to try this out soon!

  10. My husband is all over smoked mozzarella. I'd get major points for making this one. :o)

  11. Wow, that looks amazing. I could live on pasta, so keep these recipes coming!

  12. Everything about this recipe sounds wonderful. I think it must be the return to warmer temperatures, but I'm crazy for pesto these days!

  13. holy hanna! your pasta looks incredible! and how much do i love that you're using happy ingredients for this time of year??? i knew i liked you ;)

    this week i've linked up our contents from our CSA. Where do you get your veggies/ingredients from?


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