Sun dried tomato pesto is incredibly simple to make with just a small handful of ingredients! It’s a fantastic and easy way to elevate so many meals and snack platters.

Overhead photo of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto in a glass jar. There is a stainless serving knife resting on top of the jar and the jar is set on top of a white and red striped linen napkin. There is a small jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil next to the jar of pesto.

Pesto has never been a big thing in our house. 

Sure, I make this lighter version once or twice each summer but because Kyle has a tree nut allergy, I’m sort of prohibited from trying most new recipes that I come across.

And that prohibits me from making recipes that contain pesto as well. 

But I recently came across a nut-free sun dried tomato pesto recipe and it sounded amazing! With only 5 ingredients that I already had in the house, I all but jumped up and made it as soon as I saw the recipe.

Ingredients

Here’s the short ingredient list for this pesto recipe. Be sure to check out the full list in the recipe card below!

  • sun dried tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
  • dried oregano
  • fresh garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

A small scoop of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is on a round cracker with a slice of provolone cheese on top. The cracker ins on a small oval wooden plate with more crackers and cheese. There is a jar of the pesto and a jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil behind the plate.

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The Easiest Way to Make Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

If you’ve got a food processor and 5 minutes, you can make this pesto. It’s so incredibly easy! Here’s what you’ll do:

STEP 1: Add all of the ingredients to the food processor and blend until almost completely smooth. You can add a little extra oil if you think it’s too thick.

That’s it! How great, right?!

And yes, after the 5 minutes it took to make this pesto, we polished off about a quarter of it on crackers with sharp provolone.

And we then used some more of it on our pork sausage burgers for dinner that night. Can you blame us?? Gourmet burgers with sun dried tomato pesto? Yes, please!

Overhead photo of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto in a glass jar. There is a stainless serving knife resting on top of the jar and the jar is set on top of a white and red striped linen napkin. There is a small jar of sun dried tomatoes in oil next to the jar of pesto.

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Recipe

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Sun dried tomato pesto is an fantastically easy pesto recipe that will elevate all kinds of dishes: pasta, seafood, chicken, burgers, pizza, or just spread on a cracker with some cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (if packed in oil, just slightly drained) - see Note below
  • ¼ + 2 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ - ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add the sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, oregano, and garlic to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients. Through the feeder tube and with the machine on, drizzle in ¼ cup olive oil. Add up to another ¼ cup oil to achieve your desired consistency; the pesto should be spreadable but not liquidy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

If you use sun dried tomatoes packed in oil for this recipe, you can use the oil from the jar. If they are not packed in oil, you'll need to soak them for 30 minutes in water that has been boiled. Use immediately - just the tomatoes, not the water.

adapted from Bake Your Day

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  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    July 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Oooooooh!!! I love this pesto! Looks so tastyyy

  • Tracey
    July 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of traditional pesto but this is one I can definitely get behind! Such a gorgeous color too.

  • August 6, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I can’t even handle how good this looks. I like basil pesto, but I know I would LOVE this.

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