Surprise! This savory herb sauce isn’t your standard fare. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto combines classic basil pesto flavors with tangy tomatoes.

Pesto, packed with basil and Parmesan, is summer’s generous gift to my belly. Of course I eat it on pasta, sometimes with a splash of cream or ricotta–but I also spread it on my sandwiches, use it as a veggie dip and dollop it on my grilled meats. It’s so versatile.

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It’s also easy to change up and mix up! I swap the Parmesan for other cheeses like Pecorino or Feta, replace the pine nuts with almonds or hazelnuts and even add olives, or in this case sun dried tomatoes!

You can use this pesto like you do the plain Jane kind, but the tangy tomatoes make it really tasty on grilled sausage or brushed onto fish.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Look at that gorgeous sauce. The best part is pesto lasts and lasts in the fridge, even the freezer. Cover tightly and freeze for up to a month, or keep in the fridge, covered, for a week. If you are storing it in the fridge, keep it from oxidizing by pressing plastic wrap right on the top surface. This will keep air from getting in and prevent it from taking on odors from the fridge.

I kept the sun dried tomato pesto pretty close to my Classic Pesto, and just added tomatoes. I added a lot because I wanted the flavor to stand out from the strong garlic, Parmesan and basil. 1 cup did the trick. I like the tomatoes packed in oil (I use the oil in vinaigrette later!) because they are soft and easy to blend and chop. Some brands come vacuum-sealed and are very soft. Those would be great as well.

5 from 2 votes
Surprise! This savory herb sauce isn't your standard fare. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto combines classic basil pesto flavors with tangy sun-dried tomatoes.
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Work Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Surprise! This savory herb sauce isn't your standard fare. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto combines classic basil pesto flavors with tangy tomatoes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: pesto
Yield: 2 cups
Calories: 676 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 cups packed basil leaves
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (3 1/2 oz) pine nuts lightly toasted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except the oil, in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil into the feed tube. Use immediately or freeze for up to a month.
Recipe Notes

Serve this over grilled sausage; it's also delicious on fish and pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 676 Calories from Fat 540
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 60g 92%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 1113mg 46%
Potassium 1335mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 69.1%
Vitamin C 79.5%
Calcium 40.2%
Iron 33.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe by Tara Bench
Originally published in Ladies’ Home Journal Aug 2010
Photography Antonis Achilleos
Food Styling Cyd Raftus McDowell
Prop Styling Paige Hicks

 

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