This tangy, delicious easy sun dried tomato pesto sauce comes together in seconds and can be stirred into pasta, stews, casseroles, added to sandwiches or enjoyed as a dip. Tastes great with barbecued chicken!
My sun dried tomato pesto sauce is very quick and easy to make and you can keep it in the fridge for several days. It’s convenient as well as versatile, great with both hot and cold dishes. Pesto can be very handy when it’s too hot to make elaborate meals. For an easy meal idea just cook your favourite pasta, stir in some pesto and enjoy!
Easy, Healthy, Delicious!
What kind of sun dried tomatoes to use
In this pesto recipe it is important to use sun dried tomatoes in oil, not the dry kind. This is because the tomatoes have to be soft and moist (the ones in oil are!). So that all you have to do is combine them with the other ingredients and blend! And you can have a delicious, healthy pesto in seconds!
Another advantage of using sun dried tomatoes in oil is that you can also use that oil in this recipe. So there is less waste. Please refer to Ingredients below to ensure you are using the right amount of oil.
A jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil often contains capers. If your product does go ahead and use these in this recipe too! (See Instructions for required amounts)
How to use sun dried tomato pesto sauce
There are SO many ways to enjoy this easy pesto recipe! If you are adding it into pasta you’ll have a quick and easy vegetarian dinner for 6 hungry people ready in minutes. (You might need to add a drop of water to the pasta).
You can enjoy this healthy pesto as a dip or spread, with crackers or bruschetta. Sprinkle over some grated cheese and pop in the oven for a delicious snack or easy appetizer!
You can also combine this pesto sauce with cream cheese, puree until smooth and make a gorgeously creamy sun dried tomato spread.
In my next post I’ll show you just how versatile this pesto recipe is. I am going to use it in a healthy chicken meatballs recipe. Be sure to come back to check it out!
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Easy Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce
- 140 g sun dried tomatoes, in oil
- 70 ml good vegetable or mild olive oil, or use the oil from your jar of tomatoes
- 8 basil leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- 3 tbsp parmesan, or other hard cheese, finely grated ensure it's vegetarian
- 3 tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- pepper to taste
- Place all the ingredients in a small blender and blitz for a few seconds until the mixture becomes pasty, but not completely mushy.
- Transfer the sauce into a jar, close the lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving if possible. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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