Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto

Learn how to make pesto without pine nuts using my recipe for Basil & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto. This easy pesto recipe is absolutely bursting with the Mediterranean flavors of basil, parmesan, tomatoes and garlic.

Basil and Sun-dried Tomatoes Pesto in a small white bowl with some sun-dried tomatoes in the background

In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make the best pesto without pine nuts using my recipe for Basil & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto.

This easy pesto recipe made in a food processor is a must-try for fans of Italian Cuisine! So quick to make, versatile and absolutely bursting with the Mediterranean flavors of basil, parmesan, tomatoes and garlic.

Last weekend, I finally bought myself a beautiful KitchenAid food processor. Or should I say, my mom offered me a beautiful food processor! Isn’t she sweet? Thanks, Mom 🙂 (that’s a pic of my mum and me when she visited us in Sydney last month!)

family picture of mother and daughter in Sidney

I have wanted a food processor since the first day we moved to Australia. But because we were supposed to stay only one year, it wasn’t really worth it. Travelling with a food processor in your luggage? No, thanks.

Now that we’ll probably stay a bit longer, it is definitely something that was missing from my kitchen. Like one of my Facebook followers said: “you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it”. And that’s true.  I wonder if there’s one thing this appliance can’t do. I’ve been playing with it a lot this week and so far I totally LOVE it.

The first thing I made with my food processor was this easy Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto. I had two bunches of fresh basil sitting in my fridge so that’s the first thing that came to my mind. ’cause you know how I love homemade pesto, right?

Only this time, I decided to tweak my pesto recipe it a little bit and added sun-dried tomatoes to the mix. Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pasta, you guys!

Now I know the color of this Basil and Sund-Dried Tomatoes Pesto isn’t really flattering but guys, it’s the most delicious pesto. Use it as a pesto sauce for pasta or make a big batch in your food processor and cook some of my recipes with pesto like these Paleo Meatballs or my Green Beans with Pesto.

Basil and Sun-dried Tomatoes Pesto in a small white bowl with some sun-dried tomatoes in the background

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Basil and Sun-dried Tomatoes Pesto served in a white bowl
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Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto

Learn how to make pesto without pine nuts using my recipe for Basil & Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto. This easy pesto recipe is absolutely bursting with the Mediterranean flavors of basil, parmesan, tomatoes and garlic.

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword basil, easy, foodprocessor, Italian, pasta, pesto, tomatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches fresh basil
  • 1/2 garlic clove peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes -about 8 pieces I used the one packed in oil

Instructions

  1. Add basil leaves, garlic, parmesan and salt in the bowl of your food processor. Process and gradually add olive oil. Add sun-dried tomatoes and keep processing until you obtain the desired consistency.

  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl regularly if needed.

Recipe Notes

Leave out parmesan for a paleo-friendly pesto.

Nutrition Facts
Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes Pesto
Amount Per Serving (1 /4th)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 644mg 27%
Potassium 143mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.8%
Vitamin C 11.3%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments
  1. I think sun-dried tomatoes would be a nice addition to pesto. Really looking forward to seeing what you are using it in.

    Love the picture of you and your mom.

  2. I love that this pesto recipe comes without pine nuts! Where I live, they are suuuper pricey! Your recipe sounds delish and I love that pic of you and your mom!

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