Red Pesto With Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Basil (8 Min, Vegan)

Red Pesto with sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil #vegan #pesto | hurrythefoodup.comSometimes a recipe creation can take many, many attempts – a single, simple looking recipe can go through so much behind the scenes it’s almost unbelievable – amounts are changed, cooking methods and times are altered and even whole ingredients are added or removed. It gets made again and again, taste tested multiple times and sometimes even thrown away completely.

This is not one of those recipes. This red pesto with sun-dried tomatoes and basil was pretty much perfect from the off. Taking inspiration from our green basil pesto and cutting out the cheese, it all just fell into place and we knew we were on to a winner.

Then something else happened. We left it in the fridge overnight before trying it again. And you know what? Holy shitballs batman. It tasted even better! The flavours first infuse then diffuse, and this red pesto became an absolute beast. I might be biased (I am) but this red pesto is far and away the best I have ever tasted, be it homemade, store-bought or restaurant conceived.

What’s more, it’s quick, easy, cheap and vegan. Need I say more?

Red Pesto with sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil #vegan #pesto | hurrythefoodup.com

The Joys of a Good Hand J…Blender

These bad mofos really make cooking easy. If you’re just starting out in the culinary world we have a kitchen essentials list to help you on your way, but no matter what you end up grabbing for your kitchen, a hand blender should be right at the top of your list. So versatile, they can be used for many a style of recipe. Pesto of course, but pancakes, soups, smoothies and spreads will suddenly become second nature.

Even better for blending sticky ingredients (like in this red pesto) is a food processor. These are the heavy duty lads called in when you’ve got a lot on your plate (sorry), or at least need to get a lot on your plate. For high volumes we recommend something like this to handle large portions.

Red Pesto nutri info
The serving size refers to one batch of pesto

Health Benefits – Red Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Basil

Let’s turn the limelight to the king of herbs – basil. Did you know the word basil is actually based on the Greek word “basileus”, meaning king. There’s a reason for that.

If we want to believe the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology then basil may well be useful in treating arthritis. Also, it can help to protect against unwanted bacterial growth and can even act as an anti-inflammatory too (Brilliant Basil)! How does all this help you? I don’t know, but make sure you eat some basil leaves every now and then!

Red Pesto with sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil #vegan #pesto | hurrythefoodup.com

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Red Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil
 
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Serves: 1 mid-size jar
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • ½ cup cashew nuts
  • 4-5 tbsp native olive oil (use less if you use the oil from the tomatoes)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • one clean (jam) jar with lid
  • Optional: If you want a little more “fire” in the pesto add a chili (red goes great, unsurprisingly) or chili flakes 😉
Instructions
  1. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor or use a bowl and hand blender. If you don’t have any of those tools try to cut all the ingredients into very small pieces and try to mix and mash them together using a fork or heavy rolling pin.
  2. Just pour the mixture into the jar and tadaaaaaa! You have your own little jar of lovely red pesto.
  3. Use it as pizza base, in a wrap, with pasta/zoodles or try in combination with our fantastic vegetarian quesadillas (coming soon) 😀
 

22 comments

  1. O yum! Pinned this bad boy! I love the smokiness of sundried tomatoes!! They are so good!

  2. Seriously amazing stuff right there! I love sun dried tomatoes. This is getting made soon.

  3. That color is gorgeous and these ingredients have me salivating! What a great pesto idea! Love that you added sun-dried tomatoes to this. I imagine this would be so delicious on so many things too! Great recipe!

  4. Loving the sound of this. Sun dried tomatoes are the best!!!

  5. My daughter loves pesto, so this will be a fun twist to try!

  6. Okay, now I’m craving pesto! I want this stuff on pasta and sandwiches ASAP. I can already tell it’s going to be difficult to leave it alone in the fridge overnight!

  7. Ooh this sounds good, I love the use of cashews in this version – they make everything so much creamier!

  8. This pesto sounds delicious. I love what sitting in the fridge for a day or two can do for foods like this!

  9. Sun dried tomatoes in pesto are my favorite! Awesome recipe!

  10. OMG awesome post y’all! This pesto sounds like it will be delish on so many things. Pinned! 🙂

  11. WoW, this is such a great combination for a Pesto. I love Sun-dried tomatoes and this is definitely going in my ‘ToDo’ list.

  12. Sounds amazing! Definitely going to give this a go, thanks. Have a feeling this may just disappear…but if it doesn’t, how long would this keep for?

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