Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables Recipe

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Dolores Published: December 3, 2020 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

This pesto pasta makes use of sun-dried tomatoes in its sauce. This vegetarian dish is packed with squash, zucchini, bell peppers, onions and more.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes



For Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto:

  • 7ozsun-dried tomatoes,DeLallo, packed in oil
  • 1cupbasil leaves,packed fresh, plus extra for garnishing
  • ¼cupalmonds,slivered
  • 4clovesgarlic,to taste
  • 1tbspfresh lemon juice
  • ½tspsalt,to taste
  • pinchred pepper flakes
  • ¼cupextra-virgin olive oil
  • ½cupparmesan,freshly grated or nutritional yeast, optional

For Pasta and Roasted Vegetables:

  • 8ozwhole grain pasta
  • 1zucchini,medium, diced
  • 1yellow squash,medium, diced
  • 1red bell pepper,or orange or yellow, medium diced
  • 1onion,yellow or white medium, diced
  • 2tbspolive oil
  • 2tbspbalsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • ground black pepper


Roast vegetables:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

  2. On a half-sheet pan or other large, rimmed baking sheet, combine the diced zucchini, yellow squash, bell pepper and onion. Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the vegetables, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until the vegetables are evenly coated.

  3. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes, tossing halfway, until they are cooked through and golden.


  1. Bring a large post of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Before draining, reserve about 1 cup pasta cooking water. Transfer the cooked pasta to a large serving bowl.


  1. Toast the almonds in a small skillet over medium-low heat for about 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and starting to turn golden on the edges.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor or a blender might work, too, combine the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, the basil, toasted almonds, garlic, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

  3. Blend, scraping down the sides as necessary, until the contents are mixed together and roughly uniform. Drizzle in the olive oil while running the machine and blend until a relatively smooth, pesto-like consistency is reached. If adding Parmesan, stir it into the pesto now. Taste and stir in additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

  4. Pour the pesto into the warm pasta and drizzle in ¼ cup reserved cooking water. Toss to combine, adding more splashes of cooking water to thin as necessary. Toss in the roasted vegetables.

  5. Sprinkle with some chopped fresh basil and serve.


  • Calories: 479.19kcal
  • Fat: 21.51g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.43g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.92g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.91g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.48g
  • Fiber: 7.30g
  • Sugar: 16.22g
  • Protein: 17.65g
  • Cholesterol: 8.43mg
  • Sodium: 610.56mg
  • Calcium: 265.49mg
  • Potassium: 1715.67mg
  • Iron: 5.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 98.31µg
  • Vitamin C: 55.91mg
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