Red pesto pasta with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and sage bread crumbs. This pasta tastes like a mash-up of a spicy arrabbiata sauce and a vibrant sun-dried tomato sauce. This version is definitely stealing the show. The hearty red pesto tossed with mushrooms is pure heaven. The crunchy bread crumbs are like the icing on a cake, and the sage just seals the deal. It’s the ultimate weeknight meal, but certainly special enough to serve on a date night.
Both mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes deliver an enormous dose of umami-packed flavor. Sun-dried tomatoes elevate this dish into a killer pasta recipe with basically no additional effort at all.
We start by sautéing the pine nuts in the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes together with garlic. Lots of garlic! Most pasta recipes call for one or two cloves of garlic, which never seems enough. Then we add some tomato paste and parmesan, and blend everything into a chunky paste.
Once the pesto is ready, we sauté the mushrooms and add the sun-dried tomatoes, stir in cooked pasta with some cooking water to help the pasta absorb the flavors of the sauce, top with sage bread crumbs and you’re ready to go.
And that red pesto? I’m telling you, it’s magic. It will guaranteed kick your pasta night up a delicious notch.
Ingredients250 grams (8.8 oz) short pasta
250 grams (8.8 oz) mushrooms, cut into slices
100 grams (3.5 oz) sun-dried tomatoes, drained, cut into smaller pieces
2 tablespoons fresh chopped sage leaves
1 cup bread crumbs (finely cut bread like sourdough or ciabatta)
100 milliliters (1/2 cup) oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
4 garlic cloves, minced
50 grams (1/4 cup) pine nuts
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
60 grams (2 oz) grated Parmesan