Roasted Red Pepper/Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

May 3, 2010 lifeofahappymom
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This recipe is my version of the Sun-dried Tomato-Red Pepper Pesto in the More Choices cookbook. Only it’s better. Much better. My husband gives it a 9 out of 10. Considering that he never gives anything a 10, that’s saying something. The recipe below is how I make it, not necessarily how it is in the original. I just thought I should give credit where credit is due.

12 sun-dried tomato halves
1/2 cup of fresh basil (if not available, I use fresh spinach with about 1 tsp dried basil)
1 Roma tomato, coarsely chopped
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 of a 12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers (1-2 peppers)
1/4 – 1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp McKay’s Chicken-Style Seasoning
1 1/2 tbsp dark miso
About 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Bring about 1/2 cup of water to boil, remove from heat, and add the sun-dried tomatoes. Set aside.

Put basil or spinach and dried basil into blender or food processor and blend up as much as you can. Add remaining ingredients, except oil (save the soak water from the dried tomatoes), and blend. It will be thick and you will have to stop and stir it several times. While blending, drizzle in the olive oil. I never measure it exactly. If I want to use less oil, I use some of the soak water. The texture I want is that it will be nice and smoothly coming up and going down the hole in the middle (if it’s too thick, there won’t be a hole) as it blends. I let it get fairly smooth.

Serve over hot pasta. Penne is nice, as are shells, though this would go fine on just about anything. I like to serve this dish with peas. It’s just so good that way, and colorful too!

If you have a problem with fermented soy, then leave out the miso and it will still taste good. I figure if I don’t have a problem with Kimchee or sour krout (though I don’t like the latter), why should I have a problem with miso? And it tastes really good. It makes excellent gravy, too!

You can use pine nuts in place of walnuts, but at almost $20 a pound, I think they are just too far out of my budget! Also, the original recipe calls for plum tomatoes, but I never can find them.

Sorry, but I didn’t think about taking a picture until it was all gone. So just go and make some yourself and see what you think. All I can say is, our 3 1/2 year old loves it!

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