This Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto has robust flavors. The tomatoes adds the rich quality while the almonds and walnuts gives it depth and the light overtones of the basil ties it all together.
This is one of my go to pestos that I make often to bring to parties, potlucks or picnics. This pesto is very versatile and it is a great way to spice up your meals. It can be added to a variety of dishes; like tossed in pasta, slathered on toast, mixed into soups spread on a sandwiches or dip some french bread into it.
I love to pair this pesto with a nice light Pinot Noir, one preferably from Oregon. For a white I would pair it with a Sauvignon Blanc, preferably from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.
Recipe: Approx. 2 Cups
- 1 1/4 Cups Sun Dried Tomatoes, Oven Dried Tomatoes or jarred, drain the oil)
- 1 Cups Fresh Basil
- 1/2 Cup Raw Walnuts
- 1/4 Cup Raw Almonds
- 1/2 Aged Asiago Cheese – finely shredded
- 1 1/4 Cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Teaspoons Sea Salt or to Taste
Measure tomatoes and place into a food processor or blender and turn on until they are minced up. Add all the other ingredients and blend everything while slowly adding the olive oil.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes are very high in antioxidants; just one cup has 23 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 16 percent of vitamin A. The Vitamin C in dried tomatoes helps your body absorb the high iron content as well. They are high in potassium which helps prevent and lower high blood pressure. These tomatoes are very high in dietary fiber compared to raw tomatoes.
Fresh Basil has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A and is rich in zea-xanthin an antioxidant that helps protect age-related macular disease. It has a good amount of Iron and also helps to detoxify the liver. It contains phytochemicals that may lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re stressed that causes weight gain, so add some fresh basil to you water or tea.