Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce

Pesto alla Trapanese
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⅓ cup Almonds 42 g, roasted, unsalted almonds
1 clove Garlic peeled
5 tbsp Pecorino grated
1 lb Cherry tomatoes 454 g, halved
2 oz Basil 6 g, leaves
½ tsp Sea salt
¼ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
⅓ cup Olive oil 50 ml, extra-virgin

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Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce


This no-cook Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce is a wonderful excuse to purchase those stunning vine-ripe tomatoes at the farmers’ market. In this simple recipe, sweet cherry tomatoes are combined with Pecorino cheese, garlic, fresh summer basil, olive oil, and almonds for a seriously good pesto that tastes so much better than any store-bought. It just screams summer!

Making your own pesto from scratch is a game-changer. The tomatoes are fresher, the basil is more fragrant, and you can choose the quality of cheese and oil. Just add the nuts, garlic, and cheese to a food processor and pulse until the nuts are chopped. Then throw in the basil leaves and vine-ripe tomatoes. You don’t need to peel the tomatoes. Dribble in the olive oil, and you’ve got a bright, flavorful sauce for pasta, grilled fish or chicken. You could also eat this as a delicious bruschetta or crostini topping. Enjoy!

To make the Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce


Pulse almonds, garlic and cheese


To a blender or food processor, add ⅓ cup roasted, unsalted almonds, 1 peeled garlic clove, and 5 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese and pulse until the almonds are finely chopped.


Add tomatoes and basil


Add 1 pound tomatoes, ½ cup fresh basil leaves, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Pulse until the tomatoes are chopped.


Add olive oil


With the motor running, slowly drizzle in ⅓ cup olive oil.



To store, transfer the pesto to sealed jars and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week.

This Sicilian Tomato Pesto Sauce is the perfect recipe to have on hand all throughout summer. Ready in a matter of minutes, it is simple but loaded with flavor. Give this recipe a try, and share it using the hashtag #cookmerecipes or tagging @cookmerecipes on Instagram! We love seeing what you’ve made!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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I just had fish with this sauce and it was so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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