nutritional information

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 84
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 12 mg
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sugar: 2 g

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

Quick Pesto with Broiled Tomatoes

Serves 8

30 minutes or fewer

Broiled, vine-ripened tomatoes are a seasonal vehicle for fresh basil pesto. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Quick Pesto
  • 3 cups basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup olive oil
Broiled Tomatoes
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and halved crosswise
  • 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.

July/August 2011 p.59

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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!

Nicole - 2013-08-28 15:06:56

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

Kris - 2013-06-20 03:20:18

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.

Erin - 2012-08-01 15:09:05


kelley - 2012-06-08 00:57:00

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

Anonymous - 2011-08-12 11:14:01