Basil and Tomato Pesto

    20 minutes

    Pesto is normally based on basil but this recipe includes passata, tomato puree and sun dried tomatoes for fabulous flavour and colour.

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    Serves: 15 

    • 125g sun-dried tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley leaves
    • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 30g pine nuts
    • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
    • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
    • 5 tablespoons tomato passata
    • 4 tablespoons red wine
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 60g freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • salt to taste

    Preparation:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Place sun-dried tomatoes in a small bowl, cover with warm water and soak for 5 minutes, or until tender. (Skip this step if your tomatoes are packed in oil.)
    2. In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion and process until well blended. Add vinegar, tomato purée, passata and red wine, and process until desired consistency is reached. Stir in olive oil and parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt.

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    Used different ingredients. This was great! I added prawn and bowtie pasta and it was definitely a hit!  -  29 Sep 2008


    Very good sauce with Angel Hair pasta! Fairly quick to make and actually has a texture similar to meat sauce. A good vegetarian substitution.  -  29 Sep 2008


    Used different ingredients. my version: 4 oz sun dried tomatoes, 3/4 c fresh basil, 1/4 c fresh parsley, 1/2 small onion, 1/4 c pine nuts, 4 cloves garlic, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 small can tomato sauce, 1/4 c red wine vinegar, 1/8 c balsamic vinegar...combine in blender and then add parmesan cheese on top. This was sooooo good!  -  29 Sep 2008