Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto #redpeppers #pesto #homemade

Homemade Pesto is super easy to make and a great quick sauce option. This Roasted Red Pepper Pesto has a great combination of fresh roasted red peppers and a touch of basil for herb flavor. You will love it!

Alright, folks, today we are talking about Pesto! Pesto is extremely versatile, super easy to make,Β  and basically my favorites sauce option. So why not make it from scratch! It can be used as a sauce for pasta {which is what it is most known for}, but you could also use it as base for a pizza, a finishing sauce for fish or chicken, or a topping for garlic bread. What I love most about this simple sauce is that you can put whatever you want into it. If the recipe calls for pine nuts but all you have are walnuts throw them in. If you need to put basil in but you only have parsley, great, throw it in. It is basically the best sauce option ever and you can use it for anything. It is a great way to mess around with different ingredients to see what you like, plus its fun to fee like a mad scientist in the kitchen throwing in this and that. πŸ™‚

My all time favorite pesto besides the basic Basil Pesto is Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, and that is what I’m sharing with you today. I love the sweetness that the roasted bell peppers bring to this sauce and the touch of basil gives it a good herb flavor. The best part is you can freeze this recipe and put it in ice cube trays to use later as you choose. I hope you enjoy!

To get started, preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Halve and seed 2 red peppers. Roast in oven for 15 minutes with the inside side down. Flip them over after 15 minutes and roast for another 15 minutes on the other side.

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Remove from oven and place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. {this will keep the heat in the bowl and make it easier to remove the skin}. After peppers are finished resting, remove the skins and set aside.

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Put 1/3 cup of pecans in a saute pan and toast until just fragrant. {about 7-10 minutes}

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In a blender put, 2 roasted red peppers, 1 garlic clove, 1/3 cup of toasted pecans, 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of basil, salt and pepper. Blend together.

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Slowly start to add 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil {depending on how you like your consistency} to the pesto mixture. Toss with fresh pasta and serve!

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto #redpepper #pesto #homemade

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto #redpepper #pesto #homemade

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • Category: Condiments, How to, Pasta, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers, halved and roasted
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup of basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup of pecans, toasted
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ.
  2. Halve and seed red peppers. Roast in oven for 15 minutes with the inside side down. Flip them over after 15 minutes and roast for another 15 minutes on the other side.
  3. Remove from oven and place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. {this will keep the heat in the bowl and make it easier to remove the skin}.
  4. After peppers are finished resting, remove the skins and set aside.
  5. Put pecans in a saute pan and toast until just fragrant. {about 7-10 minutes}
  6. In a blender put, roasted red peppers, garlic clove, toasted pecans, shredded Parmesan cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Blend together.
  7. Slowly start to add olive oil {depending on how you like your consistency} to the pesto mixture.
  8. Toss with fresh pasta and serve!

 

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15 Responses
  1. Wowza!! I love this pesto very much. I’ve always made plain pesto and enjoy it but this is wayy better. I just roasted some red peppers yesterday and made some hummus with it but now I’m going to grab more to try this. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    1. Oh… OBSESSED with roasted red pepper hummus! πŸ™‚ This pesto is definitely one of my favorites, has a totally different flavor than the usual basil. Much sweeter and great with fish or chicken! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pin and share love!

    1. Oh… that sounds awesome. That was on my to do list too, great minds think alike. Thank you for the sweet comment, I am so excited to have you as a follower. {and am actually a fan of yours too chica!} Always love seeing what new and creative thing you come up with next. Keep up the good work!

  2. This pesto sounds fabulous! I just love roasted red peppers, and this is such a nice change from the usual. Your photos are spectacular! I want to stick my finger in that little bowl and take a taste! Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend, dear! πŸ™‚

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