pesto: sundried tomato

August 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

pesto part 2: sun-dried tomato

In our pesto making madness, we posted earlier on traditional and purple pesto.  Now for something more complex in taste, but so simple to make!  We made sun-dried tomato pesto.

This recipe is super easy.  No nuts and no added EVOO.  You can also use your own sun-dried tomatoes or buy them dried without the oil and add in about 1/2 cup of EVOO.

sun-dried tomato pesto


1 jar (8 oz.) of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup of tightly packed basil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (you can also use pecorino romano, or a blend of the two)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (we don’t use salt, we feel there is enough of it in the cheese)


Put all of the ingredients in a food processor except the parm cheese.   Process until it resembles a paste.  Add the parm cheese and pulse slightly to mix and that is it!   Give a taste and make adjustments as needed.  You can double this recipe if you would like to have some to freeze.

I doubled the batch, reused the jar the tomatoes came in for my container for the refrigerator and froze the rest in the ice cube trays.

yield: 10-12 oz. per batch

shelf life: 3 weeks in the frig, 1 year frozen

We then added it to some pasta shells with some EVOO drizzled and julianned basil.  If you want more of a sauce, reserve some of the pasta water and mix that with the pesto to create a sauce and then pour over your pasta.

It is also delicious on toasted baguette with a fresh mozzarella topper or a pesto panini sandwich!  Yum!

Next post: Garlic Scape Pesto!

worth the pick?

pick chick says: On some days, I like this pesto better than the traditional green pesto.  It is very tomato-ey and is a more delicate flavor than its green cousin.  It is more refined in some ways and I will make this version every year!

pick dude says: Of all of the pestos, this is my second favorite, next to the traditional pesto.  It has a very rich, tomato flavor, which I love. I think all pesto is good on a roasted chicken sandwich but this one in particular really makes a grilled chicken breast sandwich yummy and worth being my second place pesto.


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