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Sundried Tomato Pesto in a jar on its side with a spoon coming out
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Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto is an easy recipe that you can whip up in your food processor! Use for a pasta salad, with chicken, it is versatile and tasty! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetiser, Appetizer
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: sun-dried tomato pesto
Servings: 8
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Food processor


Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes Note 1
  • ½ cup cashew nuts Note 2
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese Note 3
  • cup sun-dried tomato oil Or olive oil, Note 4
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled, end cut off
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


Sundried Tomato Pesto

  • Add sun-dried tomatoes, cashews, garlic, parmesan cheese, and reserved sun-dried tomato oil to a food processor and blitz to combine
  • Remove lid, use a spatula to scrap down the sides of the bowl, use a teaspoon to taste the pesto and add lemon juice to taste. Stir to combine.
  • Stir pesto in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 1 week (makes 1 cup of pesto).



  • Note 1 I prefer buying the sun-dried tomatoes in the jar as the oil has incredible flavour and I use that in place of olive oil. You only have the option to do this if you purchase the sun-dried tomatoes in the jar as the deli version won't come packed in oil. 
  • Note 2 I use roasted, unsalted raw cashews. You can choose to toast them prior to adding them into the recipe. This adds a couple of minutes to the process of making the pesto, but is well worth it for the depth of flavour the toasted nuts provide. 
  • Note 3 There are a few different types and flavours of parmesan cheese out there. They also have different textures. The best type I find for making pesto is the extra bold and sharp variety. It will be in the fridge section. 
  • Note 4 When using sun-dried tomatoes in a recipe, I always use this oil (Note 1 above) and not olive oil as it is rich and a delicious complex flavour. If you purchase the deli sun-dried tomatoes, you can use olive oil. I encourage you to try the jarred version of the tomatoes if you can easily find them. 


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg