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Pesto and semi-dried Tomato Pasta Bake

recipe-april

A deliciously creamy pesto and semi-dried tomato pasta bake, ready in just 35 minutes. my pesto and semi-dried tomato pasta bake, ready in just 35 minutes.

Ingredients

250g dried elbow pasta

1/2 cup basil pesto

1/2 cup light thickened cream for cooking

1/4 cup drained and chopped semi-dried tomatoes

225g jar marinated antipasto, drained

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/3 cup grated parmesan

1 tablespoon pine nuts

Olive oil cooking spray

Shredded fresh basil leaves, to serve

Directions

Step 1: Cook pasta following packet directions. Drain well.

Step 2: Combine pesto and cream in a large bowl. Add pasta, tomatoes and antipasto. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3: Preheat grill on medium-high heat.

Step 4: Spoon the pasta mixture into a 6-cup-capacity flameproof baking dish. Combine breadcrumbs, parmesan and pine nuts in a bowl. Sprinkle over pasta. Spray with oil. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Serve sprinkled with basil.

This satisfying side dish goes well with grilled pork sausages, pan-fried fish fillets or roast chicken.

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