Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe Makes for a Great Gift

Today Julia Rutland, author of Tomatoes: 50 Tried & True Recipes, shares with us her Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto recipe. We tried it out, and it is amazing! Once you have made one batch, you will decide to have it on hand at all times. I have a jar in my fridge, and I even gifted some small jars to my neighbors and friends.

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

A little bit of this Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto goes a long way. Dollop on hot cooked pasta or spread over grilled fish or chicken. If you use plain tomatoes, add 1⁄2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning to the mix. 

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
Sun-dried Tomato Pesto on a serving of cod fish

Makes 1 1/3 cups 

1 (8.5-ounce) jar Italian seasoned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained 
1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped 
3⁄4 cup lightly packed fresh basil
1⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 
2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts 

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto on a boneless chicken thigh, served with a side of creamy cucumbers

Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, Parmesan cheese, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a food processor. Process until very finely chopped. Add pine nuts. Pulse several times or until evenly chopped. 

Tomatoes: 50 Tried & True Recipes is part of Adventure Publications’ Nature’s Favorite Foods Cookbooks series, which includes ApplesBlueberriesRhubarbSquash, and Maple Syrup.

Liliane Opsomer
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