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.
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.
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.
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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.
- 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
Remove the top of the tomatoes
Cut the tomatoes into quarters
- Add all ingredients into the mixer
Blend until it becomes creamy
Best served with Trofie pasta, fusilli or Linguini
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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