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Roasted tomato and arugula pesto

March.20.2012

While I’ve been known to love the classic Italian basil pesto, I also love a good food experiment. Especially one that turns out as insanely delicious as this one.

I first made this as a pizza topping a few weeks ago, when I was figuring out what to make for an Oscar get-together.  Since then, I’ve made this pesto four times.  And I’ve discovered that it tastes good on just about everything.

Throw it on top of pizza, pasta, vegetables, a salad, or a sandwich to add a burst of fresh, savory flavor.

Roasted tomato-arugula pesto

1 pound cherry, plum, or other smallish tomatoes

4-5 cloves garlic, peeled

2.5 cups fresh arugula

3 tablespoons raw walnuts

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

1.  Preheat oven to 300 F. 

2. Slice tomatoes in half (optional: scoop out seeds – no me gusta)

3. Toss tomatoes with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and a few pinches of salt.  Coat garlic cloves in olive oil as well.  Place tomatoes and garlic on sheet pan and into the preheated oven

4.  After 15 minutes, turn garlic cloves over.  Allow to roast 10 more minutes before removing garlic from pan.  Toss tomatoes in pan and return to the oven to roast for 25 minutes more (for a total of 50 minutes)

5.  Add tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, and arugula to food processor and pulse.  Add enough olive oil to smooth out the mixture.  Salt to taste.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March.20.2012 9:30 am

    I’m gonna have to try this! Looks very tasty. Amazing pictures, as always!

  2. Empress229 permalink
    March.21.2012 7:27 pm

    This was fantastic in the Caprese sandwich you made – best lunch away from home.

  3. March.24.2012 8:32 pm

    This looks so delicious! Is there any way to make this nut-free without changing the consistency and flavor too much?

    • March.25.2012 10:00 pm

      Definitely. Omitting the walnuts would be okay, but you could also replace them with an equal amount of hemp seeds or sunflower seeds.

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