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Homemade Roasted Tomato Pesto

Updated on December 4, 2016

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There are always those certain favorite few recipes that you reach for over and over again. You might even have a certain special occasion that you prepare the recipe for.

These are the recipes that when you make them and you think, why don't I make that more often? A recipe like this one is just that!

It is good to make on a rainy day or when you have plenty of time and want to experiment in the kitchen. I don't know about you but, I absolutely love to cook and I love Italian food. These are two great combinations!! I have always wanted to make my own pesto at home and this recipe is a twist on an original favorite. Look for different ways to serve.

Get those older kids/teenagers involved as well by having them come into the kitchen with you to make the pesto or something different (they may not like pesto). The point is to get them involved. This is a great way to not only get the young cook in your life involved with cooking but, it also is an easy way to squeeze in some family time. Have them put those phones and other electronic devices down. Unless, it is to brag to their friends about being in the kitchen, with mom or dad. That, would be okay with me, if I was a parent.

I hope that you will be able to enjoy this recipe and then let me know what you think by leaving your comments capsule located at the bottom of this page.

The next section talks about how you can use pesto as a gift but, you can also use pesto in pasta and on some of your favorite crusty bread. These are great ways to use your homemade pesto.

Don't forget to include your children, maybe not for this recipe necessarily but, let them help you. It makes them feel needed and wanted, even though they will not tell you.

Vine ripe tomatoes

We grew these tomatoes ourselves in our garden! Always give your tomatoes plenty of water, sun and plant food when growing them at your home.
We grew these tomatoes ourselves in our garden! Always give your tomatoes plenty of water, sun and plant food when growing them at your home. | Source

Olive oil

I bought this large container of olive oil and it has lasted me a long time.
I bought this large container of olive oil and it has lasted me a long time. | Source

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Give as a gift..

This homemade pesto would be a perfect gift to give at Christmas or for a birthday. This recipe can be made up and stored in airtight containers.

A cute idea: I th ink that a great gift idea for a friend's birthday would be to find a unique jar to put the pesto in. Use some rustic string or something to tie around the jar. Then find a cute little basket and other things you might use to cook the Roasted Tomato Pesto and include them in the basket as well.

Of course, you can decorating skills, and decorate the basket however you want to, just include the pesto and a few utensils for the kitchen. This could be given as a gift for a bride-to-be at her wedding shower. This is a popular idea for a bride to be.

Depending on how you decorate the basket could determine what kind of gift this is going to be. The possibilities could be endless. You might do an Italian theme and make the pesto and put it in a basket with hand towels and an Italian cookbook. This would be another great idea for a wedding shower gift. If you have a friend who loves to cook, then I think these types of gifts are unique and thoughtful.

The pesto can be frozen for up to three months. It will be just as tasty as the day it was made!

Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments box located at the bottom of this page.

Salt

I love to cook and I couldn't resist this really cool olive wood salt container.
I love to cook and I couldn't resist this really cool olive wood salt container. | Source

Pepper

Pepper is a great cooking ingredient that gives each dish a lot of flavor.
Pepper is a great cooking ingredient that gives each dish a lot of flavor. | Source

What you will need...

  • 16-20 plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 small onions, cut into thin wedges
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

More instructions...

On step three, after you have completed the 3rd step, to fix the rest of the pesto you can place one-fourth of the tomato mixture in a blender container. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the balsamic vinegar and a dash of the pepper. Cover and blend with four or five pulses until coarsely chopped and mixture just begins to form a paste. Transfer to the bowl and repeat with the remaining ingredients in three more batches.

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Making the Pesto

  1. The first thing you will want to do is to preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the tomatoes, with the cut sides up, in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the salt. You will need to let them sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the onions and the garlic to the roasting pan. Drizzle the onions and garlic with the four tablespoons of olive oil, gently tossing to coat. Roast for about twenty minutes or until the tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Cool in the pan on the wire rack for twenty minutes.
  3. Place half of the tomato mixture into a large food processor bowl. Add one tablespoon of the olive oil, one tablespoon of the balsamic vinegar and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Then put the lid on the processor and with 4-5 pulses chop the mixture until it has just begun to form a paste. Then transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Repeat these steps again with the remaining ingredients.
  4. To serve, divide the pesto into four one cup portions. Place three portions into three airtight containers. The pesto can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

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Cooking...

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Four (1 cup portions)

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Pesto Nutrition Ingredients

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 56 grams
Calories 230
Calories from Fat189
% Daily Value *
Fat 21 g32%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 720 mg30%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Pesto!

Crushed Garlic
Basil
Pine Nuts
Oiive Oil
Parmesan Cheese
Genoa, Italy
Fiore Sardo-
-cheese made from...
...sheep's milk.
Listed above are the ingredients on how to make pesto.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Yum. You can't go wrong with pesto!!

    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Sounds delicious. I've made a few green pestos, but never tried my own tomato pesto. I think it's about time I did! thanks for the recipe :)

    • Monis Mas profile image

      Aga 3 years ago

      Mmmm, yummy. I like all different kinds of pestos (my husband makes an awesome basil one), but this one looks especially delicious!