Recipe by Iron Chef - Fat Cat
This is a recipe that I found online. I have modified this recipe slightly by adding bacon, mushroom and sunflower seed. It works equaly well with chorizo instead of bacon. Sunflower seed is optional, it gives a bit of texture to the dish.
Top Review by Caroline Cooks
Enjoyed the flavors. I used Walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes in oil and pulsedthe pesto in the food processor. Cooked the other ingredients and tossed with some spiral pasta. Made for "I recommend" tag game.
- 340 g penne pasta
- 4 slices bacon
- 1⁄2 cup mushroom, sliced
- 20 g sunflower seeds
- 1 (240 g) jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
- 4 garlic cloves
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup fresh basil leaf
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Directions See How It's Made
- Cook the pasta as directed on the package. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
- Chop bacon, fry gently in a frying pan.
- Add mushrooms.
- Blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, and basil in a food processor and blend until the tomatoes are finely chopped.
- Transfer the tomato mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the Parmesan.
- Add the pasta, mushrooms and bacon to the pesto and toss to coat, adding enough reserved cooking liquid to moisten.
- Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper and serve.