Sundried Tomato Pesto
Greetings and welcome to day four of Fresh Tasty Valentine – the brainchild of always fabulous Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla. Today’s post features ingredients from two of our incredible sponsors: Gourmet Gardens and Bob’s Mill both of which have products you can win as part of the giveaway. The hemp seeds used in today’s recipe are easily the most unique product I’ve worked with in a long time and one that I was a bit nervous about due to my hops allergy. Hemp and Hops are cousins if you will and I’ve had skin reactions to hemp bracelets in the past, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a potential pine nut replacement. So I started by pouring a few seeds in my hand (no reaction) before trying a few and waiting an hour – no reaction! Plus they were just as nutty tasting as the reviews promised.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
1/2 tbsp chunky garlic Gourmet Garden Paste
1 tsp basil Gourmet Garden Paste
- Place all ingredients in a small food processor and blend for 5 minutes. Sauce should be chunky but well mixed.
- Stir into your favorite pasta, serve, and enjoy!
For a vegan twist, switch out the chunky garlic paste with three garlic cloves and then toss with your favorite vegan pasta. For another twist, use as a sauce for pizza topped with some roasted vegetables or a chunky dressing for a salad.
If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet – what are you waiting for?!? This meal totally fits the bill for quick and easy, can even prep the pesto earlier in the day (or the night before) for an even quicker meal. I’ve also had luck freezing pesto using ice cube trays, just pop out when frozen and store in a freezer bag until time to use them.
Note: I received these products for free as part of my participation in Fresh Tasty Valentine. However I was not required to write a review of the products and with that all opinions are my own.