Savory Tomato Pesto 2 Ways

Tomato Pesto {Beard and Bonnet} #glutenfree

I LOVE pesto! Last summer I posted my recipe for Pignoli Pesto, it is definitely my favorite when fresh basil is in abundance. In the winter months, however I prefer to make this tomato based pesto it is really simple, quick to make, and delicious! I included two versions for you in the instructions below and either way this pesto is spectacular. Todd and I would normally prefer the chunkier pesto; it is full of color and texture, which we both love! However this week is different because our little one has come down with the dreaded RSV bug that is going around and we are catering to him. He prefers smooth sauces to chunky versions any day of the week and at this point, I will make just about anything, in any way he wants just to get him to eat. The next 2 weeks while he recovers from this sickness will definitely be full of lots of cuddling, tons of movies, puzzles on the iPad, and super easy dinners that come together in a matter of minutes like this one. I hope that you all stay healthy and happy and eat lots of pesto!


Savory Tomato Pesto 2 Ways (Gluten Free & Vegan Option)

  • Author: Beard And Bonnet


  • 1 6 oz. jar of tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated or 23 Tbsp. of Nutritional Yeast if vegan
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and diced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. For a chunky pesto: Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Toss with gluten-free pasta or spread on g-free crostini and serve immediately.
  2. For a smooth pesto: Combine all of the ingredients in your blender or food processor and blend on the highest setting possible adding small amounts of starchy pasta cooking water to thin the sauce, about 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency. Toss with prepared gluten-free pasta and serve immediately.
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  1. Ashley March 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    This looks wonderful! What a great combination of ingredients 🙂

    1. Meg March 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Thanks so much!

  2. Michelle March 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Tomato pesto! I love this! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Meg March 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I hope you love it!

  3. Dana March 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Oh your poor boy! Those bugs are awful. Hope he feels better soon.

    This pesto looks great! My daughter Wouk take smooth over chunky any day too 🙂

    1. Meg March 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Thanks Dana, I hope you try it and she loves it!

  4. emanuelle March 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Wow! This looks delicious! I’ve actually never had tomato pesto before! I can’t wait to try this!

    1. Meg March 11, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I hope that you really enjoy it!

  5. Lexie March 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Loving all that’s coming out of your kitchen! xoLexie

    1. Meg March 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Thanks Lexie!

    1. Meg March 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

      Thank you! I am so glad that you stopped by and I hope that you enjoy the pesto.:)

  6. marla March 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Love this! Linking back to this post in an upcoming FFC post 🙂

    1. Meg March 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much Marla! I really appreciate you linking back to me:)

  7. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) March 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Amazing! That pretty much sums it up! I can’t wait to make this! YUM. Thanks for linking up at Gluten Free Fridays!

    1. Meg March 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Cindy!

  8. Amy Finn May 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    This recipe looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. Still love your website; it’s so pretty.

    1. Meg May 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks so much Amy!!!

  9. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch February 18, 2015 at 7:09 am

    This looks amazing! I am an avid fan of pesto, so I can’t wait to give this a try!

    1. Meg February 18, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Robyn, it is so easy and a big family favorite around here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


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