Fresh Trapanese Pesto

Trapanese Pesto

Obsessed! That's how I feel about this pesto.

While thinking of something new to do with the pounds of fresh basil growing in our garden I came up with the idea of adding fresh tomatoes to a classic pesto, making it even thicker and more hearty. I dug what I made so much I ended up making a massive extra batch to freeze in individual containers so I'll have it for weeks -- if not months -- to come.

This pesto is ideal to serve on pasta, mix into rice or quinoa for a solid vegetarian meal, or even spread on fish or chicken before baking for a simple recipe. It's that versatile and a mealtime life saver whenever you need one. Is it me or isn't that most of the time?

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Fresh Trapanese Pesto (makes enough for 1 pound of pasta)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

gluten free


  • 1/2 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1 15-ounce can chopped tomatoes, drained of excess liquid
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Place the almonds on a baking sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes, stirring once. Cool slightly.
3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
4. Serve over warm pasta with crusty bread for dipping.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Heather Christo

    Looks so delicious!! And I was like \"what's Trapanese??!\" Now I know better... :)

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  • Sarah

    You mentioned that you made yours using fresh tomatoes - can you please give the measurements/instructions for that too?

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    • Catherine

      About 1 1/2 cup chopped!

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  • Bridget FC

    This looks amazing and easy! One of my goals this year is to rock dinner - this is definitely going on the list!

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  • Aida Mollenkamp

    Yes to the combo of almonds, tomatoes, and basil!

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  • Nicolette Pink

    Just made this and it was DELICIOUS,!

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