Image of the August 2018 Wilderness Magazine Cover Read more from the
August 2018 Issue
Home / Articles / Wild Cuisine

Sun-dried tomato pesto pasta

Easy to make and very filling. Photo: Maddy Bellcroft
A quick and filling meal for your next tramp.

This pesto is quick and easy to make at home and lasts well on trips. While it’s served with pasta in this recipe, it’s also great on crackers or stirred through couscous. You can bulk out the meal by adding canned tuna or cooked veggies, like red pepper or eggplant. Nutritional yeast (not to be confused with bread yeast) can be found in most health food stores. It contains B vitamins and has a great cheesy taste. 


Prep time 5min
Cook time 10mins (for pasta)
Serves Two
Cost $5-$8


1 cup sundried tomatoes (drained from oil)
½ cup oil from sun-dried tomato jar
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 cup roasted almonds
250g (dry) penne pasta
Salt to taste


In a food processor, combine sun-dried tomatoes, oil, garlic, nutritional yeast and roasted almonds. Pulse until mixture is well combined but still slightly chunky. If it looks dry, add extra oil. Taste and season with salt. Store in an airtight container. It should last up to a week in the fridge or 2-3 days out of it. To serve, cook pasta as per directions on packet and then stir through pesto. Top with a handful of toasted almonds for extra crunch.

Support Wilderness

Since 1991, Wilderness has had one simple goal: to help Kiwis ‘See more, do more, live more’ of New Zealand.

If you value our mission, please consider subscribing. As a loyal supporter, you’ll receive these benefits:

  • New Zealand’s best outdoor journalism We’ve won multiple awards for our journalism and magazine production.
  • NZ’s best trips. Browse more than 610 trips with downloadable maps and route notes.
  • Trustworthy gear reviews. Each month we review gear we’ve been bashing and thrashing for months so you can determine if its worth your money.
  • Web exclusives. Each week we publish stories you won’t find in the magazine. View our latest web exclusives.
  • Member benefits. Our WildCard provides discounts at more than 20 partners throughout New Zealand.
  • Your support goes a long way. Your subscription will help us fund NZ’s best outdoor journalists and writers and ensure Wilderness will be there to inspire the next generation of outdoor Kiwis.

A subscription costs as little as $7.00/month for instant access to all articles, trips, gear reviews and gear guides.

View all our subscription options and join the club.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.