Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Almond Pesto

November 16, 2015

Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Almond Pesto

Just like any other 30-something I love going out on Friday nights.
I love being with my friends and have dinner together. Eat delicious food, chat, and laugh.
I love going out for drinks, meet new and interesting people from all walks of life.
I love going to gigs, meet other folks with a similar interest in music as me, listen to good music, dance, and have just a blast.
For me, and for many others, that’s what Friday nights are for.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

But on some Friday nights I like to stay in, invite a few friends over, cook something tasty, open a bottle of delicious wine, and chill.
That’s exactly what I did last Friday.
I made this rich, creamy, and tasty Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Almond Pesto and served it over zoodles. It was a hit.
The delightful richness of this pesto is a great partner for zoodles or nutty whole-wheat pasta. It’s also delicious spread on grilled chicken. You can also eat it by the spoonful.
Perfect for a Friday night in.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Almond Pesto

Let’s just hope next Friday will be better than the last.

Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Almond Pesto                                                                        Print this recipe!

Makes about 1 cup (about 16 tablespoons)

½ cup / 3 oz / 85 gr oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
⅓ cup / 1.7 oz / 48 gr salted roasted almonds
1 garlic clove, peeled
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese
8 fresh basil leaves
4 tablespoons olive oil


In a food processor (or blender) add roasted almonds, garlic, and basil and pulse until roughly chopped.
Add sun-dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and Pecorino Romano cheese and process until a uniform paste has formed.
With the food processor (or blender) running, stream in the olive oil and continue blending until the olive oil is emulsified into the pesto and the sauce looks uniform.
Use immediately or store the pesto in the refrigerator or freezer with a thin film of olive oil on top.

Nutrition facts

One tablespoon yields 60 calories, 6 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbs, and 1 gram of protein.


  1. I hear you. Let's hope all Fridays will be better.

  2. This is a great alternative to normal pesto! Such a great flavor combination!

  3. I just broke open a huge jar of sun-dried tomatoes for a recipe and I was wondering what on earth I was going to do with the rest of them - looks like my problem's solved!

  4. I love tomato pesto! The use of almonds sounds amazing :)

  5. I just wanted to let you know that I have been following your blog for a little while now. Everything you make looks delicious and I get so caught up in getting the recipes pinned that I forget to comment - sorry! The recipes I have tried are indeed delicious and your posts are always entertaining. Thanks!

  6. Hi Mike, I love everything about this dish, zucchini is the best prepared this way.

  7. Haha...we are usually asleep by 9pm on Friday nights. Saturday nights are the hang-out with friends night, but Fridays are reserved for sleep. We laugh at ourselves everytime, but man that long night's sleep on Friday night is the best way to start off the weekend...then we can get the party going! Also, this sun dried tomato pesto would be a party in my mouth. See what I did there? Party + party? Yeah! #WolfpackParties

  8. Unless my daughter is working, most Friday nights are mom-daughter movie nights and Duuuuuuude - this sundried pesto would be so awesome -or should I saw awesmazing- to have alongside some GF snacking crackers (yes they have beets in them)! :)

  9. Friday nights are the best. We spend it on the couch, movie a lovely dinner and relax. That pesto is everything...oh wow. I love sundried tomatoes and you added almonds. Just bread and that would be heaven. Simply fabulous.
    Off to check out your other yummy posts.
    Have a wonderful week.

  10. I used to not like sundried tomatoes but have changed my mind (for the better!) This looks delicious, and perfect for this stay-at-home Friday nights (which is most of my Friday nights anyway) :)

  11. This looks so delicious!!I will try it Friday night!My favorite thing too,chill and relax with your friends and good food!

  12. Yummy!
    And yes, let's hope the next Friday will be better than the last...

  13. I'd schmear this on a toasted bagel, over toasted sourdough or the default pasta anyday. :)

  14. I'm with ya, Mike! Sometimes I feel really social and want to go out on the town until the wee hours of the night (AKA midnight..) and sometimes Ray and I stay in, order some delivery, and watch Netflix.