Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (Pesto Rosso)

Sun dried pesto tossed with pasta and served in grey bowl with burrata cheese.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (Pesto Rosso) is delicious tossed with pasta or gnocchi, spread on crostini, or dolloped on chicken, steak or pork. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients in 5 minutes!

This summer I shared with you a post on how to make homemade sun dried tomatoes. And while you don’t need to make your own to make this recipe, I’ve had lots on my hands, so I’ve been brainstorming more and more recipes on what to do with a jar of sun dried tomatoes. The first recipe I shared was for this Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta. And today I’m back with another recipe for pesto, that can be swirled into a bowl of warm pasta, or put to use in so many other ways.

I’ve always been a huge fan of pesto. From Broccoli Pesto to Arugula Pesto, I’ll take it in any form it comes. But I have to say that this Pesto Rosso may be one of my all time favorites.

What is Pesto Rosso?

  • Pesto Rosso, Italian for “Red Pesto” is a variety of pesto made with sun dried tomatoes to give it that beautiful red color and a sweet & tangy flavor that’s filled with umami.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Ingredients:

  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Garlic
  • Pine Nuts
  • Olive Oil
  • Parmesan
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt

Note: You can use dry-packed or oil-packed sun dried tomatoes in this recipe. However, you will need to add additional olive oil when working with dry-packed tomatoes.

Sun dried tomato pesto in small white bowl with spoon.

How Do You Make Sun Dried Tomato Pesto?

  • Simply add all of the ingredients (except olive oil and parmesan) to a food processor or high powered blender. Pulse to finely chop the ingredients, then stream in the olive oil. Add the parmesan cheese and pulses a few more times to combine and serve.

Does Pesto Contain Nuts?

  • This red pesto recipe does contain pine nuts. If you have a nut allergy, you can leave them out.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Variations:

  • Swap out the basil for another fresh green like arugula, parsley or spinach.
  • Add in other flavors like kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers.
  • Substitute walnuts, almonds, pecans or pistachios for the pine nuts.
  • Swap out the lemon juice for another acid like red wine, white or apple cider vinegar.

How Long Does Pesto Last?

  • Pesto Rosso will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you would like to store it for longer, it can be frozen for up to three months.

Close up of sun dried tomato pesto tossed with pasta and topped with burrata cheese.

Uses for Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

  • Use it to dress up a turkey sandwich.
  • Stir it into hummus or ranch for a delicious dip.
  • Drizzle it over some grilled chicken skewers or shrimp skewers.
  • Toss is with a bowl of freshly cooked gnocchi, pasta or zucchini noodles.
  • Combine it with some olive oil and red wine vinegar (or lemon juice) for an amazing salad dressing.
  • Use it as a dip for grilled or roasted vegetables.

I tossed pasta with my pesto and served it up with some burrata cheese – absolutely delicious!

Sun dried pesto tossed with pasta and served in grey bowl with burrata cheese.

Wine Pairings for Sun Dried Tomato Pesto:

  • White Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Red Wine: Chianti or Barbera

Pasta Recipes:

Sun dried pesto tossed with pasta and served in grey bowl with burrata cheese.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (Pesto Rosso) is delicious tossed with pasta or gnocchi, spread on crostini, or dolloped on chicken, steak or pork. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients in 5 minutes! 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 8.5 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil ((or 1 cup dry packed sun dried tomatoes*))
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (up to ½ cup)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  • Combine sun dried tomatoes and their oil, garlic, salt, basil and pine nuts in a food processor, and process until finely chopped.
  • With the machine running, drizzle in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add the parmesan and lemon juice and pulse a few times to combine. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

*When using dry packed sun dried tomatoes, you will need to use additional olive oil to reach your desired consistency.
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Equipment

Food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg

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