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Spicy pesto rosso

Spicy pesto rosso |

Every once in a while it still happens; someone who is looking for a recipe that used to be on one of my old websites; in this case De Glazen Vork. They than find out that it no longer exists. I have made a special page here on the site which informs people of that fact and I always tell them to let me know if they are looking for something in particular. In this case I was contacted by Jeanette who was looking for the recipe for pesto rosso.

Spicy pesto rosso |

Now in this particular case the recipe was from van Kay from Kayotic Kitchen so I send the link through to Jeanette and than I started thinking that I never made a variaton of pesto rosso myself. I do green pesto’s all the time; with rocket, with goatcheese, with parmesan… you name it..

But red pesto – and don’t ask me why – I never made. Never made until now… and this one is good! I made quite a bit as I had some leftover sundried tomatoes and leftover olives so those came in quite handy. If you like spicy than try this recipe. I added a whole chipotle pepper in there and that gives it a smoky and spicy flavor. Love it!


Spicy pesto rosso |

Now I just have to wait until I can eat pasta again because I am looking forward to all the delicious stuff I can do with this. But in absence of pasta you can also use it to give some interesting flavors to sauces or on a bruschetta, in the soup… The possibilities are endless. It is virtually whole30 approved with the exception of the sugar that is in the adobo sauce but you might be able to find one without sugar or use fresh chipotles. Smoke them yourself!

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Spicy pesto rosso

This pesto is ofcourse delicious in a good pasta, but can be used for sauces and in soups and much more!

  • 100 gr sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 70 gr green olives seeds removed
  • few twigs of rosemary
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 30 gr walnuts
  • handful of basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  1. Using a stick blender, kitchen processor or something similar add all the ingredients and blend to a paste. When adding the ingredients make sure you cut the garlic  and the rosemary, just to make sure it blends well. For the rosemary, use the needles only. Not the stalks
  2. Taste and add salt if needed


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  1. Delicious and very flavorful! A wonderful pesto.



  2. I made my first pesto recently and now I will never buy it again, this is such a lovely flavour combination, I can’t wait to make it!

  3. Hey Simone,
    Waar koop jij ergens die chipotle pepper in adobo sauce in nederland? Ik heb het immers nog nooit gevonden 🙁

    • He Shanna, Je kunt het online kopen bij een Mexicaanse winkel (ik ben even de naam kwijt maar texmex of zoiets) of bij de Aziatische supermarkt keten Amazing Oriental. Zit op redelijk veel plaatsen in Nederland (o.. Almere, Delft enzovoort) Kijk maar op hun website voor de locaties! Die hebben het dus!

  4. Oh de max, er is inderdaad een winkel dichtbij, bezoekje brengen dus 🙂

  5. I love the idea of a red pesto, and the use of sundried tomatoes is a great addition for flavor!!! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  6. This sounds delicious, Simone. I want some today spread over some lovely Turkish bread. 🙂

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