This red pesto recipe is a delicious alternative to the more common green version. The Italian word pesto means ‘to crush’. Traditional pesto or pesto alla genovese, is a mixture of basil, parmesan, pine nuts and olive oil. Red pesto however, or pesto rosso in Italian, enjoys the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red bell peppers.
Traditionally pesto should be crushed by hand in a mortar, but that will take some extra time. Instead use a blender, start to pulse the pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan, with half of the olive oil. Next, add te rest of the ingredients with the other half of olive oil and pulse everything until you get a paste with a nice texture.
Tips from the author
If you want to have a real home made pesto, dry your own tomatoes and roast your own peppers.