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Red Pesto Sauce in white bowl with basil leaves
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Red Pesto Sauce

Red Pesto Sauce is an easy italian sauce made with sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, basil, and a delicious amount of parmesan. 
Prep Time10 mins
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Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Easy Italian Sauce, Pesto Rosso, Pesto Sauce, Red Pesto Sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 208kcal
Author: Sara


  • Food Processor or mortar and pestle


  • cup pine nuts
  • cup fresh basil leaves (about 15 leaves)
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped about 1 Tablespoon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (one lemon)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8 oz. jar sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • cup extra virgin olive oil


If using blender or food processor:

  • Combine all ingredients, including oil in jar of sun-dried tomatoes in blender or food processor.
  • Blend/pulse until smooth and saucy, 1-2 minutes. It will be a thick sauce.

If using mortar and pestle:

  • In large mortar, combine pine nuts, basil, garlic, salt, lemon zest and juice.
  • Start working with the pestle, pressing and rotating it. Continue a few minutes until all the ingredients are finely ground. Add parmesan cheese and tomato paste and mix in well.
  • Chop sun-dried tomatoes into small pieces then add to mortar with other ingredients. Crush/pound 5-10 minutes until finely ground. Add olive oil as needed while mixing until full amount is added.


If using a mortar and pestle, you may have to mix in batches. 


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 533mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg