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Oven Roasted Tomato Pesto Recipe

by Jeanette on August 11, 2014 · 14 Comments
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This Oven Roasted Tomato Pesto makes a nice stir-in for pastas when you’re looking for a quick and easy meal.
Oven Dried Tomato Pesto © Jeanette's Healthy Living
I can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by. My oldest son has been working in the city this summer and this is his last week. It was his first time living in the city and a good way to see if he likes the city life. We’ve missed having him around this summer, although he’s made it up to Connecticut a bunch of times.

There’s definitely something special about having all four boys home at the same time – the chemistry just works. After he went off to college and we were left with three boys at home, something changed. The interactions of the other boys amongst themselves changed as everyone tried to sort through their new positions in the family. I think birth order definitely has something to do with it.

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Before we know it, the twins will be off to college too, and we’ll be left with just one son at home. It’s all a part of life, and I know that once again, the family dynamics are going to shift. My hope is that the boys will continue to stay close and maintain the bond they’ve built over the years.

 

Oven Dried Tomatoes

This Oven Roasted Tomato Pesto is something I made earlier this summer using Oven Roasted Tomatoes I found at Costco’s. I found a jar of this tucked in the back of my refrigerator and used it to make a quick pasta dinner one night. Whether it’s tossed with hot pasta and a little pasta cooking liquid, served with grilled chicken, or spread on a turkey sandwich, this pesto is versatile and a quick fix for an easy meal.

Pasta with Oven Dried Tomato Pesto © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Oven Dried Tomato Pesto
 
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Serve with pasta (use reserved pasta cooking liquid to make a looser sauce) or over grilled chicken breast.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups oven dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and process until almost smooth.

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Comments

  1. Misfer Al Dossary says:

    Thanks to you for sharing. Life continues with endless requirements like school then work. We have the same

  2. This would be great with some of my home-made slow-roasted tomatoes!

    • Lydia – I remember your home-made slow-roasted tomatoes – they would be so good with this, although I’d love to just eat them straight up ;)

  3. I love trying new ideas for pasta sauces. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea Jeanette! I have seen those tomatoes at Costco but haven’t tried them. Next time, I’ll pick some up!

    • Thanks Alyssa! Costco has started carrying some new products that I really like – always fun to look through the aisles to see what’s new.

  5. I feel the same way, I can’t believe it’s the middle of August already! Although I’m looking forward to the Fall I love Summer due to the fresh vegetables we pick, like tomatoes…. so I need to make this delicious recipe!

    • I love Summer and Fall, especially since our farmer’s market is open then. Always enjoy seeing what you’re picking from your garden!

  6. I adore dried tomatoes and usually drop a few into my basil pestos, but this takes it all to a whole new level!! I can see this becoming a staple in my family. Which… will be one short in just a few weeks. My son is headed off to college leaving only Liv at home and I know we are in for a period of adjustment. He’s so excited, and I’m excited for him, but I’m so sad as well. Challenging and wonderful times all in one.

    • Kim – I know how you feel. I’m dropping 3 of my boys off this week and it’s very exciting for them and yes, sad at the same time. It’s all good though ;)

  7. Kim – we’re in the same boat with kids leaving for college far too soon for us moms. It’s all good, but we’re going to miss our boys.

  8. Thank you Jeanette. Nice family – 4 boys – wow. Happy for you!

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