Speedy Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Speedy and super versatile.  Always have some in your fridge.

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My original version uses preserved lemons but I realise not everybody has those to hand.  In this speedier version the zest of a lemon is used.  I use this  to spread on bruschetta, make instant galettes, coat pasta, make crusts on meat, as a dip, on crostini as canapes, in chunky sandwiches with goats cheese and more. 

In summer it is incredible made with home made slow roasted tomatoes  and a great thing to do with a tomato glut.  In winter or when time is short, a jar of good sun dried tomatoes in oil can be put to no better use I think. 

 

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Gadgets & Gizmos

A blender.  For this recipe actually a small hand blender is better than your big one that you might use for smoothies and soups as the quantity is smaller. 

Ingredients

Here is my basic recipe and the quantities are for guidance only, the key thing here is to make it how you like it:

A jar of sun dried tomatoes oil and all or a jar of home bottled roast tomatoes  in which case no need to add any extra tomato puree or water which you may need to add if you are using jarred sun dried tomatoes. The jar I use is approximately 300ml.

200-250g of walnuts.  The ones from the market I always prefer but they do contain teeth shattering shards of shell often!

The zest of one lemon. take care to scrub the lemon first unless it is organic and free of nasty waxy stuff.

chilli (I am sensitive so I dont add a huge amount…if you prefer a dip more on the muhamara side of things…spice it up)

If you are using home bottle tomatoes you might want to add a glug more of olive oil

2 to three and possibly four cloves of garlic. I like quite a lot

salt pepper and absolutely do not omit the cinnamon. half to one teaspoon.

As long as there is a little layer of oil over the pesto it will keep very happily in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.

You Are What You Eat

Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their antioxidant benefits. In terms of conventional antioxidants, tomatoes provide an excellent amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene; a very good amount of the mineral manganese; and a good amount of vitamin E.  But it is their “lycopene” (a carotenoid that is a powerful anti oxidant)  that makes them a real superstar. Interestingly to absorb this lycopene you need to eat them with some oil – so the pesto is the perfect way!   Read this HMS study about their benefits.

 

How To

 

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Blitz it up in a food blender. I like to keep mine with a bit of texture – think of the difference between crunchy and smooth peanut butter.

Thats it.

 

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Speedy Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto
Yields 300
Versatile pesto that packs an antioxidant punch
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Here is my basic recipe and the quantities are for guidance only, the key thing here is to make it how you like it
  1. A jar of sun dried tomatoes oil and all or a jar of home bottled roast tomatoes in which case no need to add any extra tomato puree or water which you may need to add if you are using jarred sun dried tomatoes. The jar I use is approximately 300ml.
  2. 200-250g of walnuts. The ones from the market I always prefer but they do contain teeth shattering shards of shell often!
  3. The zest of one lemon. take care to scrub the lemon first unless it is organic and free of nasty waxy stuff.
  4. chilli (I am sensitive so I dont add a huge amount...if you prefer a dip more on the muhamara side of things...spice it up)
  5. If you are using home bottle tomatoes you might want to add a glug more of olive oil
  6. 2 to three and possibly four cloves of garlic. I like quite a lot
  7. salt pepper and absolutely do not omit the cinnamon. half to one teaspoon.
Instructions
  1. Blitz it up in a food blender. I like to keep mine with a bit of texture - think of the difference between crunchy and smooth peanut butter.
  2. Thats it.
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