Red pesto, also known as pesto rosso, is a vibrant Italian sauce with a rich, intense flavour that combines the sweetness of tomatoes with the aromatic notes of basil and garlic. Red pesto is a versatile sauce that can be tossed with various types of pasta for a quick and flavourful meal, and it also works well as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip for breadsticks and vegetables.


1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts (or toasted walnuts)
2 cloves of garlic 
1/2 cup EVOO
Salt and pepper to taste


In a food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and garlic cloves. Pulse a few times to chop the ingredients. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the mixture becomes smooth and well combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pulse once or twice. Adjust by adding more oil if you wish a thinner, smoother consistency. Use immediately or transfer to a jar or airtight container and place in fridge to store for up to a week.