Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sundried Tomato Pesto Sauce
It is so helpless seeing how the price of this yummy sauce has been going up and up. This is what I use for my pasta or as a bread spread ( butter being the more sinful option ). Carrefour sells the sundried tomato in the vegetable section for a fraction of the price. I pulse it with pine nuts and jazz it up with whatever I like to make my own signature pesto sauce. It is so unique that I never almost get the same taste every time since I follow no rules / cook book. Ho ho!
Mixed with a little Bulla cream, the end result is a heavenly dressing for my pasta on "I don't care " pasta days.
4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped pine nuts
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt to taste
Place sun-dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with warm water for 5 minutes, or until tender.
In a food processor or blender combine sun-dried tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts and onion; process until well blended. Add vinegar, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and red wine, and process. Stir in olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt to taste.
PS:Left out the garlic since that how the folks like it. Still, it’s so good I don’t mind the trouble to do it again, or spread it on bread. It’s that good! Red wine will definitely be a plus!