Red Pesto Pasta Sauce

Red Pesto Pasta Sauce is a great alternative to Green Pesto for lower calories and fresh summer taste. Some red pesto uses sun-dried tomatoes, here I use fresh long tomatoes and it is quickly done in a blender, no peeling, no cooking.

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Traditionally we use it on Pasta, but you can also use it on Bruschetta or as a side sauce for grilled meat.

While the basil pesto is called Genovese as it is originally from Genova Liguria region, red pesto is originally from Sicily therefore called Sicilian Pesto or Pesto Trapanese.

It has a fresh tomatoes taste and a creamy consistency from the emulsified extra virgin olive oil and the Parmigiano Reggiano.

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Because it can be served cold, it is perfect to serve at a dinner party or to have on a buffet table.

It is a great side dish for a summer barbecue.

For pasta, you can use trofie, linguini or fusilli like I do here.

Red Pesto Pasta

Put all the ingredients into a bowl

The best tomatoes to use are the fresh long one (Roma or San Marzano type), the same used to make tomato sauce.

Do not use canned tomatoes

It is very easy to make and you don't need to cook nor to peel the tomatoes.

You can make the pesto the day before and store it in the fridge and it keeps it for 3 days.

My boys love it and could have it every day.

To blend the ingredients I use Braun MultiQuick 3 Hand blender MQ 325 Omelette affiliate so I can make the quantity I want.

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5 from 6 votes
Pasta with Red Pesto
Red Pesto Pasta Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

The Red Pesto Pasta Sauce is a great alternative to Green Pesto for lower calories and fresh summer taste. It uses fresh long tomatoes and it is quickly done in a a blender, no cooking. Traditionally we use it on Pasta, but you can also use it on Bruschetta or as a side sauce for grilled meat.

Course: Pasta, Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, pesto
Servings: 10 Pasta portions
Calories: 107 kcal
Ingredients
  • 6 long tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil Use leaves only
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese fresh
  • 1 cup olive oil extra vergin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic optional
Instructions
  1. Remove the top of the tomatoes

    Remove the top of the tomatoes
  2. Cut the tomatoes into quarters

    Cut the tomatoes into quarters
  3. Add all ingredients into the mixer 
    Put all the ingredients into a bowl
  4. Blend until it becomes creamy

    Blend until all the ingredients are mixed
  5. Done!
    Red pesto recipe
  6. Best served with Trofie pasta, fusilli or Linguini

    Pasta with red pesto

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Recipe Notes

Calories 107 calories per serving Fat 10gr per serving Carbohydrates 3gr per serving Proteins 1gr per serving Sugar 5gr per serving Sodium 310mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

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  12 comments for “Red Pesto Pasta Sauce

  1. 17th July 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Never heard of red pesto before! will have to give this a try.

    • Laura
      18th July 2018 at 7:09 am

      You should, it is great

  2. 17th July 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Homemade pasta sauce is my jam! This looks so tasty and delicious!

    • Laura
      18th July 2018 at 7:08 am

      Thanks, it is really

  3. Alexis
    17th July 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious. I love fresh ingredients and simple recipes with just a few items. With the bounty of the garden in full swing, I’ll be adding this to our menu plan this week. Thank you.

    • Laura
      18th July 2018 at 7:08 am

      You are welcome, I am sure you will make it again and again

  4. 18th July 2018 at 12:30 am

    This tomato base pesto definitely appeals to me – I love anything with loads and loads of tomato – delicious – I am sure it tastes gorgeous Laura. Thanks for sharing!

    • Laura
      18th July 2018 at 7:07 am

      Thank you Ramona, it is addictive

  5. 18th July 2018 at 1:48 am

    This looks so flavorful! We’ll have to try it sometime this summer!

    • Laura
      18th July 2018 at 7:07 am

      Thanks, it is very easy

  6. 22nd July 2018 at 12:35 pm

    I love all kinds of pesto but red pesto is on top of my list, your red pesto pasta is calling my name, craving for it now!

    • Laura
      22nd July 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you Patty, and it is so easy to make

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