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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

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This easy sun dried tomato pesto recipe is super delicious and can be used in many different ways!

You need a food processor and just a handful of ingredients to make the most delicious pesto Rosso. Pesto Rosso is a sun-dried tomato pesto from the Trapani area of Italy. It makes a bright pesto with a deep red hue. This flavorful condiment can be added to many different meals and it’s a great make-ahead recipe.

Toss it with cooked pasta as an easy sauce, add it to focaccia or use it on bruschetta.

sun-dried tomato pesto in a jar.

The ingredients

This homemade pesto is very simple, but it’s important to use good quality ingredients to make the pesto sauce shine. You can find the ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you will need.

  • A jar of sun-dried tomatoes. – Tangy, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes are full of flavor. Sundried tomatoes are dried tomatoes, preserved in oil and they bring a concentrated tangy flavor and great color to the pesto.
  • Fresh thyme. A little fresh thyme compliments the tomatoes well. This can be substituted with fresh basil leaves, oregano, marjoram, or rosemary too.
  • Walnuts. Toasted walnuts add texture. These can also be substituted with pine nuts, almonds, or macadamia nuts. For a nut-free version, you can use sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
  • Lemon zest and lemon juice. Adds a little freshness and acidity. The lemon juice can be substituted with balsamic vinegar.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. Good quality extra-virgin olive oil brings the pesto together.
  • Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh garlic cloves.
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes. Or black pepper, or chili flakes.
  • Pinch of salt to taste.

Vegan pesto- To make this a vegan sun-dried tomato pesto you can substitute the cheese for nutritional yeast to bring some umami flavor, or simply leave it out.

ingredeints in a food processor.

Method

In a dry frying pan on medium heat, toast the walnuts for 3-5 minutes until toasted and slightly fragrant. Let them cool down to room temperature.

In a food processor combine all the pesto ingredients. Blend everything together until it everything is finely chopped. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor to ensure it’s all well-combined. For a thinner pesto, add a little extra olive oil.

oil being poured over walnuts and sun dried tomatoes.
blended pesto in food processor.

Store the pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Long-term storage – Leftover pesto can also be frozen for up to three months. For ease of use, divide the pesto Rosso into ice cube trays and freeze those. Once frozen, pop the cubes of pesto out and add them to a freezer-safe bag. This lets you grab and defrost the pesto as you need it.

sun-dried tomato pesto in a jar.

Ways to use the pesto

Here are some ways in which you can use this pesto recipe.

  • Spread it over grilled chicken breasts
  • Use sundried tomatoes in a butter board!
  • Use it as a pasta sauce and jazz up your favorite pasta.
  • Spread it over focaccia bread
  • Use in a pesto pull-apart bread
  • Add it to baguettes and make bruschetta
sun-dried tomato pesto in a jar.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This easy sundried tomato pesto recipe is super delicious and can be used in many different ways!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a dry frying pan on medium heat, stir and toast the walnuts for 3-5 minutes until toasted and slightly fragrant. Let them cool down to room temperature.
  2. In a food processor combine all the pesto ingredients. Blend everything together until it everything is finely chopped. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor to ensure it's all well-combined. For a thinner pesto, add a little extra olive oil.
  3. Store the pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

    Notes

    Long-term storage - Leftover pesto can also be frozen for up to three months. For ease of use, divide the pesto Rosso into ice cube trays and freeze those. Once frozen, pop the cubes of pesto out and add them to a freezer-safe bag. This lets you grab and defrost the pesto as you need it.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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