Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

  This time of year many people have their basil plants in full on bloom and have tons of basil that they are unsure of what to do. I received some basil from some good friends of ours and decided to try out this recipe. What I like best about this recipe is it is baby/toddler friendly in the fact that you do not need to have pine nuts. Also, a lot cheaper without having to buy them. So everyone can enjoy some. This is a small portion only for two adults and a little one. You may want to double the recipe to make a bigger batch. Also, please note this is just the sauce recipe you can put it over any type of pasta or ravioli what ever strikes your fancy! Enjoy!

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce
- serves two people (and perhaps a little one)

- 1 (8.5 ounce) jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, you can also use 1 cup of dried sun-dried tomatoes just soak them in extra virgin olive oil for 12 hours first, then keep the olive oil to use
- 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- about 2/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil, you may need more depending on the consistency when you are blending it and warming it up just have some handy. You do not want it too runny or too lumpy just in between is perfect.

- In food processor or blender blend the sun-dried tomatoes and their oil, basil and garlic until everything is thoroughly chopped.

- Transfer to a medium sized bowl and stir in the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper
You can then warm it on the stove like any other sauce and put over pasta or ravioli, you may need to add extra virgin olive oil to make it more soupy instead of lumpy.
- This pest will last for one week if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator 

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