Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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

 

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Incredibly easy to make tomato pesto.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sun-dried Tomatoes
  2. 2 cloves Garlic
  3. 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  4. 1 cup fresh Basil
  5. 1/3 cup roasted Pine nuts or Cashew nuts
  6. 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  7. 1/2 tsp Salt Flakes
  8. 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  9. 1/4 tsp dried Chili flakes
  10. 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
Instructions
  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. Also add more olive oil of you feel it needs to.
  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.
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Tomato pesto in jars

 

Tomato pesto ready for fridge

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