This Recipe includes
- Sun-dried tomatoes – sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
- Olive oil – use extra-virgin olive oil for a smoother pesto, but regular olive oil will work as well.
- Basil – 2 big bouquets of basil leaves, torn into pieces
- Crushed garlic – for plenty of flavor
- (Optional) Red pepper flakes – for a bit of spice
- (Optional) Pine nuts – for a bit of crunch and flavor to replace the parmesan cheese.
Why we love it
The typical pesto sauce that we are used to seeing is usually green. With a strong flavor of crushed basil, it can be a bit strong.
For a sweeter and full-bodied sauce however, we have the pesto rosso, otherwise known as red pesto. Made with sun-dried tomatoes, it includes the juiciness of tomatoes that have turned tangy under the summer heat.
I prefer the sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in oil which give plenty of flavor, rather than the dry-packed ones, but you can use what you have.
Once all the ingredients are crushed together and blended, you have an incredibly rich and flavored sauce that goes with almost anything.
Frequently asked questions
1. What to serve with it?
Pesto rosso sauce can serve as a topping or accompaniment for dishes like raviolis, gnocchis, baked chicken, or with a side of pork. You can also use it as a sauce in a wrap or on mini toasts for canapés.
2. Can you freeze it?
Yes, pesto rosso sauce can easily be kept in a refrigerator. Use virgin olive oil if you intend to freeze it and store the pesto sauce in an airtight glass jar.
Place it in small containers in the freezer as it will spoil if you try to unfreeze and refreeze it. In order to defrost, place in the fridge for about a day to let it defrost naturally.
If you like this recipe
- 1 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 big bouquet of basil leaves, torn into pieces (1 cup)
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 9 cl (1/3 cup) of olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- (Optional) 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- (Optional) 1 soup spoon of crushed pine nuts
- Wash the basil and peel the garlic.
- Remove the sun-dried tomatoes from the oil that they were packed in.
- Crush the sun-dried tomatoes, basil and garlic in a mortar with a pestle until it turns into a purée. (Alternatively, put it into a blender.) `
- In a bowl, mix the crushed sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil until you make a smooth sauce.
- Add in the salt, pepper, and (optional) pine nuts, as you mix and whisk.
- Set aside once the pesto rosso sauce is smooth and serve when ready.
Adjust the olive oil quantity for a thicker sauce, based on personal preference.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g
Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.
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