Friday, July 31, 2009

Chef Chuck's Tomato Pesto and Pasta

Pesto di Pomodoro e Pasta

A Sicilian pesto made with fresh tomatoes, garden basil, lots of garlic, and almonds. In southern Italy a red pesto made with tomatoes is more popular, unlike northern Italy where most pesto are basil based. If you love garlic this is the recipe to make tonight for your family.

Tomato Pesto and Pasta
1 pound of pasta
3 large ripe tomatoes
6 garlic cloves
1/4 cup almonds
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper
goat cheese, crumbled

In a mortar or food processor blend tomatoes, garlic, almonds, salt, pepper and basil. Slowly drizzle in olive oil. Slice red bell peppers thin and saute in a pan with olive oil till softened.
Cook pasta till al dente, pour pesto over pasta, add crumbled goat cheese and place peppers on the side.


  1. Ooooh, Yum! I love the addition of almonds! Great idea!

  2. Hello LaDue, I hope all is well! Thank You :)

  3. What a lovely tomato pesto!! Love your pasta meal!

  4. Hi Sophie, This is a good way to enjoy our ripe garden tomatoes! Thank You :)

  5. Simple yet full flavors. What's not to love?

  6. Hi Bridgett, This is so true!! Thank You:)