Sun Dried Tomato and Black Olive Pesto

Russ Myers


Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle. First, garlic and pine nuts are placed in the mortar and reduced to a cream, then the washed and dried basil leaves are added with coarse salt and ground to a creamy consistency. Only then is a mix of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino added. To help incorporate the cheese a little extra-virgin olive oil is added. In a tight jar (or simply in an air-tight plastic container), covered by a layer of extra-virgin olive oil, pesto can last in the refrigerator up to a week, and can be frozen for later use.

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5 Min


No-Cook or Other


sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil (about 2/3 cup), drained
kalamata olives or other large black olives, pitted
1 clove
garlic, peeled
3 Tbsp
fresh parsley leaves
1/4 c
extra virgin olive oil
cooked spaghetti
grated parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

Place the sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic and parsley in a food processor. Process, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until the ingredients are coarsely chopped.
With the machine running, pour the oil through the feeder tube in a thin stream. Process until the ingredients form a slightly coarse paste.

Scrape the pesto into a small bowl. Pesto will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Serve over cooked spaghetti sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy