Sundried Tomato and Basil Pesto

Sundried Tomato and Basil PestoFor anyone that has even slightly followed this blog over the past few years, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that I’m a huge fan of any kind of pesto. I love to experiment with different ingredients in the blender – and I can’t understand why everyone doesn’t make some kind of pesto at least once a week. It takes about 10 minutes, it’s really healthy, and it always tastes delicious. 

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 75ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 100g sundried tomatos
  • 120g of basil (weight from before removing the stems)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 400g pasta

Preparation (30 minutes)

  1. Fill a large pot with water, add a handful of salt, and bring to a boil
  2. In the meantime, put the olive oil, cashew nuts, and garlic into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the sundried tomatoes, with the oil from the jar, to the blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Add the basil, salt, and pepper and blend again. If you’re having difficulty blending it or it seems a little to thick, add a tiny bit of either water or oat cream.
  5. Throw the pasta into the pot once it’s boiling. Stir every 2 minutes, then taste it 1 minute before what it says on the pack – usually it’ll be ready then.
  6. Drain the pasta, throw it back in the pot, add the pesto, and eat!