Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

February 22, 2018lifepatisserie
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This is incredibly easy to make but in my opinion tastes much better than any store-bought tomato pesto I have tasted.
Tomato pesto is the perfect sauce for a variety of uses, it is cheesy, garlicky, and nutty but is full of wonderful tomato flavour. I have added chilli flakes, which I think gives it a little kick, the recipe calls for 1/4 tsp but you can have less if you think it is too much. Also, I use pine nuts if I have them, if I don’t I use cashew. This pesto has so much flavour that I think you really don’t feel the difference, and you can really save money on that. Another way to save money is to use the oil that your sun-dried tomatoes come in, it has already a lot of flavour and it’s a waste just to pour it down. The amount of oil you use depends on how “runny” you want your pesto, just experiment and find the amount you like.

As I said pesto is a really versatile sauce and you can for instance use it for
… to flavor freshly cooked pasta
… for grilled chicken
… with your panini sandwich
… with pizza
… on your cheese platter


Tomato pesto in a jar

Tomato pesto ingredients


Tomato ingredients in a blender

Print Recipe

Tomato Pesto

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 cup fresh Basil
  • 1/3 cup Pine Nuts or Cashew Nuts
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste


  • 1)

    Put all the ingredients except for the olive oil in a food processor or a blender.
    Start and drizzle the oil slowly while it’s mixing.

  • 2)

    Stop the machine, scrape down the sides, and adjust salt and pepper to liking.

  • 3)

    Put in a jar that has a tight fitting lid and can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
    You can also place pesto into ice cube molds and freeze for up to 2 months.


Tomato pesto in jars


Tomato pesto ready for fridge

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