Sun-dried Tomato and Walnut Pesto

Enjoy this tomato-based spread with cheese and crackers, as a tasty pizza base or as a flavorful topping for grilled fish or pasta.

A variation on a traditional pesto sauce, this recipe combines walnuts with sun-dried tomatoes.

Yield: 1 cup


  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1¬†garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup grated¬†Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • black pepper to taste


Place sun-dried tomatoes in bowl of warm water for approximately 5 minutes to remove any oil and allow them to soften.

Pat tomatoes dry, and place in a food processor. Add the basil, olive oil, garlic, walnuts, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Blend until the mixture forms a firm paste. Add black pepper to taste.

Excerpt from Tasty Tomatoes, part of the Popular Gardening Series.

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