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Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

Broiled, vine-ripened tomatoes are a seasonal vehicle for fresh basil pesto. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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Quick Pesto


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3 cups basil leaves
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2 cloves garlic, peeled
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¼ cup pine nuts
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¼ cup nutritional yeast
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½ cup olive oil

Ingredient Set Name: 

Broiled Tomatoes


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4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
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5 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. panko breadcrumbs


1. To make Quick Pesto: Place basil and garlic in food processor, and process until finely chopped. Add pine nuts and nutritional yeast, and process 1 minute, or until pine nuts are finely chopped and mixture is paste-like. With motor running, add olive oil in steady stream. Process 1 minute more, or until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

2. 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. Broil 3 to 5 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are browned and pesto is bubbly. Serve as a side dish.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
6 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
6 g
0 mg
12 mg
1 g
2 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

Tried this recipe with tomatoes picked right out the garden. We used prepackaged pesto instead of scratch. Everybody loved it!!


Excellent - first time I've made pesto and it was great and super easy. I will definitely be making this again! Wonderful recipe for tomato season.

I didn't have enough basil so blanched some kale, added juice of 1/2 lemon and OMG this is delicious!

Easy gluten free variation is just to use gluten free bread crumbs. It's already dairy free with use of nutritional yeast rather than parmesan cheese! Great recipe!

Can't wait for the tomatoes to ripen so I can make this.

Thanks for the recipe. Just had this for dinner and it was very filling :)