Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto

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Picture of Farmer John Lifelong farmer John Peterson runs Angelic Organics, a community supported agriculture farm in Northern Illinois www.angelicorganics.com . More than 1600 families in the Chicago area receive a weekly delivery of vegetables and herbs from Angelic Organics during the growing season. John was the subject of Taggart Siegel’s 31 award winning feature documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John, which portrays 50 yrs of John's life and farm, and has been seen by millions in theaters and on television throughout the world. In 2006, John’s first book was published, Farmer John’s Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables.

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  • 2 Servings
  • 10 Minutes
  • Stars

Introduction

This variation on pesto is so delightful it’s amazing that it’s not more common. The roasted tomato flavor is superbly highlighted by the sweet aromatic basil—but a very ripe regular tomato will work well too. Don’t limit this pesto to just pasta; try it on pizzas and roasted potatoes, in an omelette, or over grilled vegetables. You can make an equally delicious variation by using cilantro instead of basil. Shareholder (adapted from the Seed Savers Calendar, 1998).

Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto!

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, and oil in a blender and process until just combined. Add a handful of basil and process again briefly; continue adding the basil in small amounts until all is combined.
  2. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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