There are some classic things that just go great together. For some, it’s Sundays and football. For others, it’s chocolate and peanut butter. For me, it’s food and the holidays.


We go through a ton of pesto in our house. Basil grows wild in our garden, so the kids and I make a new batch every few weeks to eat and give to friends. There are all different kinds of pestos and we have lots of fun experimenting and making all different kinds. Last week, I bought a jar of sun dried tomatoes at Trader Joe’s ($3.69) and thought they would be delicious pureed into a pesto.


This is one of my favorite gifts to make and eat, especially this time of year. The rich red, white and green colors of this pesto couldn’t make it more perfect for Christmas. Here’s what I suggest:

1. Multiply the recipe an make a big batch (it’s ridiculously easy to do).

2. Fill mason jars (you can get them at craft stores or most groceries) with the pesto and add your own labels with the recipe written on them so your friends can remake it if they like it (and I promise they will!).

3. Place the jars in a festive bag or basket with a box of nice pasta.

For less then $7 you’ve got a holiday gift that everyone in the family with enjoy And it will seem like you spent much more!


Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto

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Servings: 1
Author: Catherine McCord
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1 8.5 ounce jar sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup basil, packed
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • olive oil, if needed


  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth (if the pesto is too thick, add additional olive oil).
  • Serve over pasta, or spread over crispy bread.
  • To Freeze: Place into ice cube trays and freeze then pop into ziploc bags. When ready, defrost in fridge for 24 hours or toss in with your hot pasta – tossing until it defrosts.


Sodium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Calories: 120kcal | Fat: 8g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 10g
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About the Author

Catherine is a 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.


  1. We love pesto, but recently discovered that my son is allergic to pine nuts. I can’t wait to try this recipe! We have lots of frozen chopped basil, so I’m going to give it a try. Hopefully we’ll all be able to enjoy pesto again! Thanks!

  2. Oh my goodness! I made this with toasted sunflower seeds instead of cheese because my son is allergic – it’s amazing!! I would eat it right out of the bowl. 🙂

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