This Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce (Pesto Rosso, Red Pesto) is a Sicilian Variation of the Traditional Basil Pesto. It has a deep, sweet, and tangy flavor and is very versatile. Made using a handful of ingredients, this pesto comes together in just 5 minutes.
This recipe will make approximately 2 and ½ cups of pesto. You can easily half, double, or triple the recipe.You can also replace the almonds with pine nuts, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or pistachios. A mix of nuts will also work great.Sunflower seeds are also a great substitute for nuts.You can also replace fresh basil with other herbs (greens) like mint, parsley, spinach, arugula, cilantro, or kale.Add some extra flavor by adding oil-cured black olives, artichokes, roasted eggplant, avocado, or roasted red bell peppers to the recipe.You can also add some lemon juice, a splash of white wine, or balsamic vinegar for slight tanginess along with a refreshing flavor.In some regions of Italy, fresh ripe cherry tomatoes are used to make pesto rosso (red pesto) instead of sun dried tomatoes. You can try that variation too.