Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

October 16, 2011 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Snacks/Appetizers Print This Post Print This Post

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Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (5)This is truly one of the best pesto recipes I’ve ever made. The nutritional yeast adds a nutty flavor to the pesto that balances the sharpness of the pine nuts. I have few recipes actually memorized, this one has made the cut. And, especially now that my Aerogarden is growing basil like gangbusters I’ll need to “go to” recipe so nothing goes to waste.

I made the pesto a couple days before I used it on the tomatoes.  It held up nicely in the refrigerator. Just let it come to room temperature before putting it under the broiler otherwise you’ll have some burnt panko and cold pesto to bite into.

A couple thoughts about the rest of the recipe…the tomatoes can be made easily in the toaster oven. No need to heat up your whole kitchen just for a few tomato halves. I must also note, the tomatoes I used were a little too big which meant a lot of fork and knife action to get manageable pieces. I think next time I’m going to make these as little bite-sized versions using campari tomatoes. If you’re looking for a main dish, I’d suggest perhaps going for making a bunch of these using plum tomatoes or find actual medium-sized tomatoes.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes
from Vegetarian Times, July/August 2011

Quick Pesto

  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Broiled Tomatoes

  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
  • 5 Tablespoons plus 1 tsp panko breadcrumbs

To make quick pesto: Place basil and garlic in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add pine nuts and nutritional yeast.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (1)Process 1 minute, or until pine nuts are finely chipped and mixture is paste-like.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (2)With motor running, add olive oil in steady stream. Process 1 minute more or until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (3)To make Broiled Tomatoes: Preheat oven to broil. Place tomatoes cut-side up on baking sheet. Spread each tomato half with 2 tsp. quick pesto, and sprinkle with 2 tsp panko breadcrumbs.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (4)Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until breadcrumps are browned and pesto is bubbly.

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes (6)

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