Sunday, August 18, 2013

Recipe: Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Tomato Artichoke Pesto

Summer Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, and Sun Dried & Fresh Tomato Artichoke Pesto
Celebrate summer with this flavor-packed, healthy pesto that features artichokes and both sun dried and fresh tomatoes (recipe here).

What's going gangbusters in my kitchen garden? The basil and cherry tomatoes. Yay! What could I probably eat for the next seven days in a row? Pasta tossed with lots of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and this quick and easy Sun Dried Tomato and Fresh Tomato Artichoke Pesto.

A few summers ago I pretty much lived on this pasta with sun dried tomato and artichoke pesto, cherry tomatoes, and basil for weeks. I even ate it for breakfast.

While mixing up the third or fourth batch of the pesto, I took a cue from my favorite basil pesto recipe and added some fresh tomatoes. Yum. This fresh tomato version of the pesto is a little thinner than the original, with more tomato flavor and fewer calories.

Enjoy it in the original pasta recipe with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, or simply toss it with some hot pasta and cheese, or spread it on slices of crusty baguette (my Easy Four Hour French Bread Recipe is here), or just eat it with a spoon like I often do. I'm sure you could use it in all sorts of other ways too.

If you're serving it with pasta, you can mix up the pesto while the pasta water boils, or you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. It tastes even better the next day. Enjoy!

Got a bumper crop? More Farmgirl Fare recipes featuring fresh tomatoes:
Quick & Easy Gazpacho (refreshing chilled tomato vegetable soup)

Still hungry? You'll find links to all my sweet and savory Less Fuss, More Flavor recipes in the Farmgirl Fare Recipe Index.

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3 comments:

  1. Yum!! I could live on that type of food this time of year too! If only my hubby would eat pasta. (sigh)
    On a brighter note, I made your Blueberry Bonanza Breakfast Bars yesterday and they are scrumptious!! Hubby gives them two enthusiastic thumbs up! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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    1. P.S. I posted about the Blueberry Bars on my blog.

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  2. I have just popped over from Lazy J Bar C Farm and am definitely making the BBBars and the SDTAA Pesto-interesting stretch to a basic Pesto recipe. I have enjoyed reading your older posts as well, this is a great blog and I will certainly be back plus will share your address.

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