Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

With all the sun-dried tomato pesto we’ve been consuming around here the past few weeks, I have decided that it would be appropriate for me to go ahead and repost the recipe I came up with last summer.

I simply cannot get enough.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


1. pinenuts and almonds, 2. sun-dried tomatoes, 3. parmesan cheese, 4. onion, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, dried basil, salt, and pepper, 5. really good olive oil

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
original recipe

One 3 oz. package sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in hot water (or 1 jar of oil-packed tomatoes)
1/2 cup sliced almonds and pine nuts
1/4 to 1/2 cup good Parmesan cheese (read: not Kraft)
1/2 to 3/4 cup good extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 sweet onion, grated
1 clove garlic, minced
pinch each:  black pepper, red pepper flakes, salt, dried basil
a few teaspoons finely chopped parsley


Place the sun-dried tomatoes in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the tomatoes are roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients up to the olive oil. Process until smooth. Add enough olive oil to make the pesto the desired consistency–about 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Yields about 2 cups.

Serving suggestions:

Spread for crackers, toasted bread rounds, sandwiches
Dip for veggies
Pasta sauce–you should a little pasta cooking water for a smoother sauce

EDIT: You can use a jar of oil-packed tomatoes and it is even better!

Related Links:
The Best Chicken Sandwich (chicken, chevre, and sun-dried tomato pesto)
Mixed Greens Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Revisited: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto (revisions to the recipe are also posted above)
Have You Tried: Sun-Dried Tomatoes
How-To: Soaking and Softening Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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  1. Love the photo recipe. Looks wonderful. I’m curious, how would you define “really good” olive oil? Are there certain things/brands you look for?

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