Barilla® Ziti with Spicy Pesto & Pecorino Cheese

Blue Box Ziti

Made with

Barilla Ziti

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  • 400
  • 20g
    Total Fat
  • 43g
    Total Carbohydrate
  • 14g


Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Ziti
  • ½ cup fresh mint, packed
  • ½ cup fresh basil, packed
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 4 fresh medium plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon red chili pepper flakes
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup Pecorino cheese, freshly grated


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Place mint, basil, parsley, garlic, capers, tomatoes, black pepper, red chili pepper, and half the olive oil in a blender.
  • Process in short bursts until roughly chopped.
  • Turn blender on full and drizzle in remaining oil and process until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Remove pesto and place in a large serving bowl.
  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Drain and transfer pasta to a large bowl.
  • Add pesto and toss to coat pasta.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve.
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