Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

We spent Friday and Saturday of last weekend with Paul’s family at the lake.  The whole weekend was amazing but that part of it was extra good.  We spent tons of time on the dock, in the water, laughing with family, my family joined us on Saturday for some fun and it was definitely one of those weekends that you hate to see end.

Another reason it was special involves sun-dried tomatoes.  Not just any sun-dried tomatoes, but sun-dried tomatoes brought all the way to me in Missouri from Sicily by my sweet brother-in-law, Matt.  Paul’s brother has been in Spain since September teaching.  This was his third trip to Spain – he has been quite a traveler since I’ve known this family.  In fact, Paul and I were engaged before I ever met Matt!

Last year he brought us an amazing bottle of Spanish red wine that we totally savored when we finally decided to open and enjoy it before our move.  I honestly thought that would be tough to beat but he proved me wrong.  He handed me a bag this last weekend and it contained these beauties:

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Does Matt know me well, or what?  These sun-dried tomatoes smell heavenly and unlike any other sun-dried tomatoes I’ve smelled before.  And their flavor – indescribable: sweet, savory, tender, amazing!  And I contemplated doing something really fun with them but I really wanted to taste those flavors so I turned to the obvious – sun-dried tomato pesto and it rocked.  Like, eat-straight-from-the-jar-rocked.  I eventually mixed it with some pasta and chicken, but not before several savory bites!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Yield: 2 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes

Quick sun-dried tomato pesto recipe - rich and flavorful and super simple! Perfect for a weeknight pasta dish.


1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (see note below)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, basil and garlic in a food processor or a powerful blender. Pulse a few times to bring the ingredients together. Slowly add the olive oil and continue to pulse and scrape down the sides of the jar as necessary until the pesto reaches a consistency that is between a paste and a liquid sauce. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.

Cassie's Notes:
The sun-dried tomatoes I used needed to be reconstituted in hot water before use. I poured boiling water over them and let them soak for 30 minutes and then used them immediately in this recipe. If yours are packed in oil, they won't need to be reconstituted, just drain the oil from them before using, and feel free to use the oil for the recipe.

I saved the water used to reconstitute the tomatoes for a pasta dish I'll share later.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto


51 Responses to “Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto”

  1. #
    Aggie — July 9, 2013 @ 6:38 am

    Oh Cassie this sounds wonderful!! I’ve been craving sun dried tomatoes since you posted that pic! Honestly I would have a hard time not eating the whole container straight, well with a good loaf of crusty bread.

    • Cassie replied: — July 10th, 2013 @ 8:46 am

      They are so good just by themselves. I’ll be eating them with crusty bread this weekend!

  2. #
    Shaina — July 9, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    Yum! I love sun dried tomatos, too. They add so much flavor to any dish. I always use them in my pasta salads…this pesto would be perfect in it, as well!! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

  3. #
    Kathryn — July 9, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Those sun-dried tomatoes are such beauties and what a perfect way to use them!

  4. #
    Julia — July 9, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    WOW what a gorgeous pesto! Those tomatoes look amazing and I bet they make an incredible pesto! Now if only I could take a little voyage to Spain to pick up some tomatoes… ;)Glad you had a fun weekend!!

  5. #
    Tieghan — July 9, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    I LOVE sun-dried tomato pesto! Your tomatoes looks amazing and have me wishing I had some. Beautiful recipe, Cassie!

  6. #
    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — July 9, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    How nice of him! I love foodie gifts from Europe. This is of course one of my favorite flavors.

  7. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 9, 2013 @ 8:26 am


  8. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — July 9, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Not only does this look beautiful but it sounds amazing!

  9. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 9, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    This looks amazing, Cassie! I love sun dried tomato pesto with breads, cheeses and meats, and yours is perfect! Love the story behind this recipe, too. 🙂

  10. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 9, 2013 @ 8:59 am

    Ooh, I LOVE pesto! This looks so bright and fresh!

  11. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — July 9, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    Oh yum! I could totally eat this straight from the jar too. Great on so many things!

  12. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 9, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Those might be the prettiest sundried tomatoes I’ve ever seen. Great use for them!

  13. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — July 9, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Completely drooling on my computer right now…this pesto looks amazing! What a wonderful gift from your brother in law!

  14. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 9, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    What a sweet brother in law you have! I’m so glad you had a fun weekend Cassie. This pesto looks like summer in a jar!

  15. #
    Jackie {The Beeroness} — July 9, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    I love that this is made from Real Italian Sun. Food travel souvenirs are the best kind, I always drag my husband to these random, even scary, locals only markets when we travel, poor guy. But he’s a good sport about it.
    And this sauce sounds amazing! I wish you bottled and sold this because I would buy a huge case of it.

  16. #
    katie — July 9, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    How awesome that your brother in-law brought these back for you. I brought some home last year when we visited Italy and never thought to make a pesto! Love this!

  17. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — July 9, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    sun dried tomatoes from Sicily! how amazing! pesto was definitely the obvious choice. yum!

  18. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — July 9, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Oh the possibilities are endless with this pesto. I could make so many things with it.

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 9, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Yum!! I was going to make a sun dried tomato pesto this last weekend, when I had nothing in the house to actually cook. Didn’t end up doing it, hubby revolted – but it would have been no where near as good without these gorgeous tomatoes!

  20. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 9, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    So pretty, friend! I’ve never made sun dried pesto before, but now, I can’t wait!

  21. #
    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 9, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

    This is perfect! It would go so well with so many things!

  22. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 9, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    I was snacking on sun-dried tomatoes last night and reminded of how much I love them – great idea to make a pesto!

  23. #
    Vicki Bensinger — July 9, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    I haven’t had sundried-tomato pesto in ages but remember loving it. Yours looks so moist and delicious. This will be great as a dip, with chicken and rolled in chicken, on pasta and so many other things. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll be saving it.

  24. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — July 9, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

    This is the most gorgeous pesto! I could dive right in with a spoon!

  25. #
    Tracey — July 9, 2013 @ 7:01 pm

    Oh wow, what an amazing gift – he definitely knows you well 🙂 This pesto must be so amazing with those sun-dried tomatoes!

  26. #
    Joanne — July 9, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    Lucky girl! Your brother-in-law sounds like quite the sweetheart…and this pesto sounds amazing!

  27. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    Now that’s beautiful! I want to dip endless pita into this!

  28. #
    Jess — July 10, 2013 @ 1:45 am

    What a great gift from your brother in law – foodie gifts are the best! Love this way to use those beauties, Cassie – I bet you got so much flavor in each bite. (Is that the Lake of the Ozarks you’re visiting? Sigh…I miss that.)

    • Cassie replied: — July 10th, 2013 @ 8:47 am

      Yep! My in-laws built a house there a couple of years ago. It’s so nice to be able to go and relax there!

  29. #
    Portuguese Translation Services — July 10, 2013 @ 2:57 am

    It reminds of a paste that is used in Indian food.

  30. #
    Sues — July 10, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    What an awesome idea! I love sun dried tomatoes and I love pesto, so this sounds just awesome!!

  31. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — July 10, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Cassie, this looks amazing! Love pesto, and I bet this one is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  32. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — July 10, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    Oh Cassie, we are sun dried tomatoes fiends over here, so this is just amazing! Can’t wait to try it! xo

  33. #
    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — July 10, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    I am obsessed with sundried tomatoes and put them in/on everything, but I never thought of a pesto! YUM!

  34. #
    saly @ sallys baking addiction — July 10, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    What I wouldn’t do for those glorious sun dried tomatoes!! I love them so much and put them on practically everything when I have them around. This pesto looks SO good Cassie!

  35. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — July 10, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    Pesto is so versatile and this sun dried tomato version sounds amazing!!

  36. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 12, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Sun-dried tomatoes are one of my all time favorite things…I love this!

  37. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — July 12, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    I’ve been wanting to do a sun-dried tomato pesto recipe because I used to buy it from the farmers market all the time when I lived in Wisconsin and I haven’t been able to find anything like it here. I’m going to have to try this one–yay! 😀

  38. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — July 13, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Yum! I love pesto, this one looks especially wonderful 🙂

  39. #
    Nessa — July 14, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    So delicious! I’ll have to make this soon 🙂

  40. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — July 18, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    Saved and will give this a try! I can’t wait…looks so delicious! <3 <3

  41. #
    Taiya Kumes — July 22, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    Thanks so much for this amazing recipes. How do you store this pesto, and how long will it keep? Thank you!

    • Cassie replied: — July 23rd, 2013 @ 7:44 am

      Hi Taiya, You should store in a jar or plastic container in the fridge for up to a week. Make sure to stir it well before using. Enjoy! C.

  42. #
    Tara | Smells Like Home — July 23, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I made this a couple of nights ago – LOVED it! My husband, who claims that he doesn’t like sun-dried tomatoes, scarfed this pesto down on some crackers with provolone and then on his burger for dinner. I’d say that’s a win! Thanks for a big-time keeper!

    • Cassie replied: — July 23rd, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

      So glad you liked it! 🙂


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