This Sun Dried Tomato Pesto recipe (also called red pesto recipe and Pesto Rosso) is one of my favorites! You’ll love how easy this sun-dried tomato pesto comes together! It’s made with sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, kalamata olives, garlic, parmesan cheese and extra-virgin olive oil. 

A white bowl filled with red pesto. Two spoons sit in the pesto with pieces of bread sit next to the bow.

If you have never had sun-dried tomato pesto before, you’re in for a real treat! It’s quick and easy to make and it’s completely habit forming! Slather some on warm crusty bread and you’ll be hooked for good!

bowls filled with sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, fresh basil and kalamata olives

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

The ingredients for this red pesto recipe are simple ingredients, and they should be easy for you to find at the market. We keep things simple here, so there’s no added nuts or seeds, like so many pesto recipes call for.

  • Sun dried tomatoes – I use Homemade Sun Dried Tomatoes for this recipe, but you can also used sun dried tomatoes in oil. Just drain them before adding to the food processor.
  • Fresh Basil – The sun dried tomato and basil combo of flavors makes the flavor of this pesto amazing!
  • Parmesan Cheese – This adds a lot of flavor and creaminess to the pesto. Use a good quality Parma cheese.
  • Kalamata Olives – Kalamata makes almost everything taste better. We only add a few here to add a nice complimenting flavor, not to steal the show.
  • Garlic – What would pesto be without garlic! It adds great flavor!!
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – Use a good quality and affordable extra-virgin olive oil for this pesto.

How to Make Red Pesto

This red pesto recipe comes together in about 10 minutes with little cleanup afterward.

  1. Grate Cheese – Finely grate the Parmesan cheese.  I use a fine grater typically used for Parmesan cheese, rather than a box grater, so there are no larger pieces of cheese that might remain in the pesto.
  2. Chop Garlic and Olives – Coarsely chop the garlic and olives before adding them to the food processor or blender.
  3. Sun Dried Tomatoes – If using sun dried tomatoes in oil you can put them right in the food processor or blender. If using dry-packed sun dried tomatoes, you’ll need to rehydrate them in warm water for about 30 minutes before blending them.
  4. Add Olive Oil and Cheese– While processor is still running, pour olive oil in a stead stream through the feed tube. Turn the processor off and remove the lid to add your cheese.  Pulse a few times to incorporate the cheese into the pesto.

A whit bowl filled with sun-dried tomato pesto. A spoon sits in the bowl and crusty bread sits next to the bowl.

How to Store Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Store pesto in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It helps to drizzle about 1-1/2 teaspoons of olive oil on the top of the pesto to prevent it from browning. 

Can You Freeze It

Yes! I love to freeze pesto and it’s so easy to do! 

  • Just make pesto according to recipe
  • Spoon the pesto into ice cube trays
  • Place the ice cube trays freezer for 3-4 hours or until frozen solid
  • Remove the frozen basil pesto cubes from the trays and place in a plastic freezer bag
  • Place the bag in the freezer
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months

A white bowl filled with red pesto. A spoon filled with pesto sits in the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

I love to keep a batch of homemade pesto on hand, because there are so many ways to use it to brighten up any dish. This Sun Dried Tomato Pesto goes with any dish you’d serve basil pesto with, but I especially love to swirl it into soups and to use it for dipping warm crusty bread it.  

More Pesto Recipes

If you love this recipe, you might want to also try my Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette. It’s delish on simple green salads and Mediterranean salads alike. 

White bowl filled with sun-dried tomato pesto
Yield: 6 servings

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

This Sun Dried Tomato Pesto recipe (also called red pesto recipe and Pesto Rosso) is one of my favorites! You'll love how easy this sun-dried tomato pesto comes together! It's made with sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, kalamata olives, garlic, parmesan cheese and extra-virgin olive oil. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil or homemade
  • 1-2 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, chopped
  • 3/4 cup Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add sun dried tomatoes, garlic, Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives, basil and 1/4 of the oil in a food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse a few times to break up the tomatoes and other ingredients. Remove the lid and scrape down the processor bowl.
  3. With motor running on low, slowly pour the rest of the olive oil through the feed on the processor and blend for about 30 minutes or until the ingredients are processed well. Don't over process so it becomes a puree.
  4. Place pesto in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

How to Store Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Store pesto in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It helps to drizzle about 1-1/2 teaspoons of olive oil on the top of the pesto to prevent it from browning. 

Can You Freeze It

Yes! I love to freeze pesto and it’s so easy to do! 

  • Just make pesto according to recipe
  • Spoon the pesto into ice cube trays
  • Place the ice cube trays freezer for 3-4 hours or until frozen solid
  • Remove the frozen basil pesto cubes from the trays and place in a plastic freezer bag
  • Place the bag in the freezer
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g

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