This is not just good... its CRAZY GOOD!!!
I was inspired by a tomato pesto I had in Virginia at a little rustic restaurant. It was so good, I went back twice in one day for it. So, I had to create my own version. Of course, I waited till I was in Italy, so the ingredients would be even better!
In this photo, I am eating the pesto on a piece of rustic bread with some fresh ricotta! TROPPO BUONO!
What you will need:
1/2 cup of olive oil (maybe more, maybe less... depends on how you want the texture)
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of chunked grana padano cheese (or parmigiano)
1 garlic clove
generous pinch of coarse sea salt
handful of fresh basil (in the winter I use a piece of cooked bacon instead)
1/4 cup of pine nuts (optional)
How to make it:
1. Put all ingredients in a good, strong chopper... add the oil last.
2. Turn it on and get it nice and spreadable!
3. EAT IT!
People... it is that simple. Seriously.
It can also be used in pasta just like basil pesto. I just LOVE sun dried tomatoes and this is rather addicting.