Pasta with a Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

Pasta with a Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 10 min

340 calories per serving 


12 sun-dried tomatoes (oil packed)   6 tbsp
2 1/2 tbsp pine nuts   18 g
2 1/2 tbsp fresh basil   8 g
7 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated   20 g
3 tbsp olive oil   45 mL
5 tsp dairy blend 5% [optional]   25 mL
200 g penne, whole wheat, or other short cut pasta   2 1/2 cups
1/4 cup pasta cooking water   65 mL
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    

Before you start

A blender or food processor will be very useful to make the sauce.

Keep the serving dishes in the oven at the lowest setting so they are warm when you serve.

Put a colander in the sink to drain the cooked pasta so that it will be ready when needed.


To save time, the sauce preparation and the pasta cooking can be done at the same time.


  1. Put the sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and basil in a blender or food processor. Purée the mixture, then add the grated cheese and oil. Continue to mix until a creamy but thick consistency is obtained. Add the dairy mix if desired.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
  3. Pour enough of the pasta cooking water into the tomato mixture to dilute it and obtain a sauce consistency. Adjust the seasoning.
  4. Drain the pasta, then put it back into the pasta cooking pot. Add the sauce, mix thoroughly, then serve in the warmed dishes.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (180g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




17 g

26 %

Saturated 3 g
+ Trans 0 g

16 %


5 mg


125 mg

5 %


41 g

14 %


5 g

21 %


2 g


11 g

Vitamin A

4 %

Vitamin C

20 %


8 %


15 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: ¼ serving
Grain Products: 2 servings
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Folacin, Iron, Omega-6, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C
Good source of :
Copper, Fibre, Niacin, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Zinc
Excellent source of :
Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium

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This recipe is in the following categories: Pasta | First courses/Appetizers | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Fibre | Kosher | Low Sodium | Vegetarian | Italian

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