Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun dried tomato pesto takes just a few minutes to make with 7 ingredients, and can transform the simplest of meals into a gourmet dish! There are so many ways to use this flavorful condiment, which freezes wonderfully so you can always have some on hand.

I love regular basil pesto, but unfortunately the same cannot be said for everyone in my household. Sun-dried tomato pesto is a different story though. Every time I put this stuff in or on something I get rave reviews! It’s like magic.

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a bowl of sun dried tomato pesto garnished with basil leaves

Since I’m expecting a second baby boy in a few months, I’m starting to think about things I can prepare in advance and freeze to simplify meals in those hectic early months. A big batch of sun-dried tomato pesto is number 1 on my list.

Some uses for sun dried tomato pesto

Later this week, I’ll show you how I make the easiest, most amazing one pan roast chicken and potatoes with this pesto, but in the meantime, here are a whole bunch of other ideas for how you can use it.

  • Toss it with hot pasta. We Love this plain, but try tossing with roasted vegetables, cooked shrimp, sausage, or bocconcini
  • or toss with pasta and serve cold as a pasta salad
  • Put it in a grilled cheese sandwich with mozzarella or provolone
  • Use it instead of pizza sauce
  • Combine it with sour cream or yogurt and cream cheese for a flavorful dip
  • Add some to a basic oil and vinegar dressing
  • Use it as a sandwich or burger spread
  • Serve it on the side with any grilled meat

I’m only scratching the surface here! If you have other ideas, let me know in the comments :). Here’s how I make it.

How to make sun dried tomato pesto

  1. Gather your ingredients: fresh basil, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, blanched almonds (or pine nuts, or another nut), grated parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, and salt.

Ingredients for making sun dried tomato pesto on a wooden cutting board: basil, sun dried tomatoes, almonds, garlic, and grated parmesan

2. Process all ingredients together in a food processor, scraping down as needed.

Ingredients for sun dried tomato pesto in a food processor, before and after processing

Voilà! Ridiculously simple for this incredible flavor and versalilty!

a bowl of sun dried tomato pesto garnished with basil leaves

Enjoy! xx

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun dried tomato pesto takes just a few minutes to make with 7 ingredients, and can transform the simplest of meals into a gourmet dish!
Course condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings (1.5 cups)
Calories 150 kcal
Author Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup basil leaves packed
  • 1/3 cup blanched almonds or pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process on high speed until finely chopped and blended, scraping down the sides as needed.

  2. Taste and add additional salt if desired. For a little spice, add a couple shakes of crushed red pepper.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 4 months. 

Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 278mg12%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 14.8mg18%
Calcium 95mg10%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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